By Czarina Nicole Ong
Former Llorente Mayor Tito Balois Codoy Jr. of Eastern Samar has been charged with graft before the Sandiganbayan First Division in relation to his reportedly anomalous travel expenses.
He was accused of violating Section 3(e) of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act for taking advantage of his position and causing undue injury to the government in the amount of P81,954.04 from September 2013 to March 2014.
The amount represented the reimbursements for the travel expenses that Codoy claimed from the municipality, according to the charge sheet filed by assistant special prosecutor Jorge B. Espinal.
However, he was not entitled to these travel expenses because his travels were not authorized by then governor Aklan Nicart and were in violation of Section 96(b) of R.A. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code.
His bail bond has been set at P30,000. Municipal accountants Maripaz Hugo and Jesse Contado will serve as witnesses to the case.
Just last year, he was ordered suspended by the Office of the Ombudsman after being found guilty of grave misconduct over the same case.