How to get away from fertilizer fund scam: Sandiganbayan slaps P6,000 fine on ex-Agusan del Norte mayor Racho

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By James Hernandez

Former Buenavista, Agusan del Norte mayor Percianita Racho has been slapped with a P6,000 fine over her alleged involvement in the fertilizer scam.

The Sandiganbayan imposed the fine after Racho pleaded guilty for a lesser graft offense.

Racho previously pleaded not guilty of graft but sought a plea bargain deal and eventually pleaded guilty for failure to render account.

The case stemmed from the purchase of 2,000 bottles fertilizers from Lucio Lapidez of Feshan Philippines Inc. (FESHAN) for P1,500 each or a total of P3 million.

However, the deal allegedly did not undergo public bidding.

Also the fertilizers were found to be overpriced by P2.75 million since each bottle only cost P125.