By Czarina Nicole Ong
Former Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) chairman Camilo L. Sabio is appealing his conviction for graft before the Sandiganbayan First Division over car lease deals in 2007 and 2009.
He was convicted by the First Division last June 22 of two counts of graft in connection to the said vehicles, since the court said there was no necessity for the government to spend a total of P5.39 million and P6.73 in two different contracts for three units of Hyundai Starex vans, one Toyota Altis 2.0 sedan, and one Toyota Innova 2.0 van.
Sabio, who is turning 82 this July, was sentenced to a minimum jail term of 12 to 20 years and was slapped with a penalty of perpetual disqualification from holding public office.
In his motion for reconsideration, Sabio reasoned out hat the PCGG has “distinctive and unique features,” so it is “armed and vested with extraordinary constitutional and legal powers and authority.”
Because of the PCGG’s powers, Sabio said the government agency has the power to make “reciprocal concessions” in entering an agreement for the lease.
“It is evident that subject lease agreement did not have to undergo the mandatory requirements of the procurement process and implementation set forth [by] R.A. 9184, other[wise] known as the Government Reform Procurement Act,” his motion reads.
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