Ex-Gov Kam jailed for failing to return these three items


Former acting Norther Samar Governor John Kam has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for failing to return two guns and a motorcycle in 1987.

The Sandiganbayan Fourth Division said in a decision that it found Kam guilty of malversation of public property.

“When Kam had been called to account for the properties he received, he could not produce the same. His liability for malversation went into effect from the time a demand or accounting had been made,” the decision said.

Apart from imprisonment, the anti-graft court also declared Kam perpetually disqualified from holding public office. He was also told to pay a fine of P18,050, which is the amount of the guns and motorcycle.

The court pointed out that the ex-politiko remained liable for the crime even though he returned the items years later in 2001 because the trial of the case was ongoing.