Ex-security aide files plunder, graft raps vs Rep. Alvarez, chief of staff

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A former security officer of Davao del Norte 1st District Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez has filed plunder and graft complaints before the Ombudsman Mindanao against the lawmaker and his chief of staff Edwin Jubahib.

Jeffrey Lopez Cabigon of Carmen, Davao del Norte, in a press conference Monday, May 6, accused Alvarez and Jubahib, who is running for governor in the province, of amassing wealth during the congressman’s stint as Speaker of the House.

“Billions ilang gikawat. Mao nag desisyon ko na mugawas kay para makatabang ko kay president (Rodrigo Duterte), kay kabalo ta na kalaban kaayo niya ang corruption,” Cabigon said as quoted by Edge Davao.

Alvarez and Jubahib allegedly violated Republic Act No. 7080, otherwise known as the Plunder Act, and RA 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

Cabigon alleged that the two bought multi-million luxury vehicles; received commissions from the contractors; purchased various real properties in Panabo City, Island Garden City of Samal, Davao City, and Tagum City; among others.

Cabigon reportedly started distancing himself from Jubahib and Alvarez after he lost in the barangay elections in May 2018.

Edge Davao reported that Cabigon now fears for his life when Jubahib told him several times that if someone would create trouble for them, he would just kill the person.

The camps of Alvarez, a re-electionist, and Jubahib were yet to answer the allegation.