Sandiganbayan orders suspension of CamSur officials

Published June 1, 2018, 4:17 PM

by AJ Siytangco

By Czarina Nicole Ong 

The Sandiganbayan First Division has ordered the 90-day suspension pedente lite of four officials of San Jose, Camarines Sur in light of their graft charge due to their 2008 Thailand junket.


Former mayor and now provincial board member Gilmar Pacamarra, together with former Sangguniang Bayan members Norman Bruzo and Roberto Primavera, and municipal accountant Imelda Caballero, have been charged for violating Section 3(e) of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices for disbursing P279,724.60 as expenses for their official travel to Thailand in January 2008 without any valid travel authority.

In its five-page resolution, the anti-graft court highlighted Section 13 of R.A. 3019 which states that “the suspension of a public official from office pending a criminal prosecution under R.A. 3019 or Title 7, Book II of the Revised Penal Code or for any offense involving public funds or property or fraud on government” is required by law.

The court explained the suspension was ordered to prevent the accused from committing acts that would frustrate their prosecution, as well as to deter them from committing further acts of malfeasance.

On the other hand, the court denied the suspension pedente lite of former senior administrative assistant Ma. Monette Pacamarra, agriculturist Nida Pena, and municipal civil registrar Muriel Abragan for lack of basis. Former Sangguniang Bayan member Julio Dizon’s suspension was denied as well for lack of jurisdiction over his person.

The resolution was signed by chairperson Efren De La Cruz and concurred by Associate Justices Geraldine Faith Econg and Edgardo Caldona.