By Czarina Nicole Ong Ki
The Sandiganbayan Third Division has allowed the application for probation filed by former La Castellana Mayor Alberto Aguilar Nicor Jr. of Negros Occidental after he was convicted of his criminal charges.
Nicor was found guilty for violating three counts of Section 7(a) of R.A. 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials, due to the anomalous issuance of Mayor’s Permits to himself and his wife back in 2013.
On January 24, 2013, he issued a Mayor’s Permit to his wife, Noeme Nicor, allowing her to operate a hollow blocks business. Then on January 25 and February 25, 2013, he issued permits in favor of himself and his business partner, Paul Garcia, to operate a trucking business.
He was initially slapped with violations of Section 3(h) of R.A. 3019, also known as the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, since the said law prohibits local officials from having any direct or indirect financial or pecuniary interest in any business or transaction in which he intervenes or takes part of in his official capacity.
Nicor entered into a plea bargaining agreement with the prosecution on December 14, 2018, and decided to enter a guilty plea in order to escape his graft charge. The anti-graft court granted the plea bargain in open court and sentenced him to pay a penalty of P5,000. He was also sentenced to imprisonment of three years for each count.
On January 8, 2019, Nicor filed an Application for Probation, which was conducted and submitted by Probation and Parole Officer II Marito Cantiga and approved by Chief Probation and Parole Officer Amelita Basibas from the National Capital Region (NCR) Parole and Probation Administration.
The anti-graft court then suspended the execution of his sentenced and placed him under probation, subject to certain conditions. Nicor will undergo probation provided that it be for a period of three years, and his Supervising Probation and Parole Officer will visit him twice a month.
He is required to secure a written permit to travel outside the jurisdiction of probation from his parole officer, or from the anti-graft court if his travel shall exceed 30 days.
The probation order dated October 8 was written by Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang with the concurrence of Associate Justices Bernelito Fernandez and Ronald Moreno.