Cebu Ex-Mayor Faces 20-year Imprisonment for Using Public Fund at Family’s Bakeshop
Ex-Mayor of Cebu was sentenced to 20-year imprisonment for allegedly using the public fund for buying food at a family-owned bakeshop.
Augustus Caesar Moreno, a former Aloguinsan, Cebu mayor was condemned to 20 years in jail by the Sandiganbayan. This is connected to the mayor’s use of the treasury to buy food from their family’s bakery, which was a breach of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.
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In addition to Moreno, his co-accused Evangeline Manigos, a former member of the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), will be detained, according to the Sandiganbayan’s order. The Ombudsman accused Moreno’s wife, former Aloguinsan mayor Cynthia Moreno, and five other municipal officials of allegedly buying at Cynthia’s bakeshop.
AVG Bakeshop reportedly purchased food items worth up to P287,725 using government funding. According to the 38-page judgment, Cynthia reportedly handed their family-owned bakeshop a contract for the acquisition of food supplies from April 26 to July 30, 2010, when she was the Aloguinsan mayor.
When Caesar became mayor of the town the next year, he continued Cynthia’s practice. Caesar “really engaged or acted in his official position in connection with the interest in the transactions of the municipality of Aloguinsan with AVG Bakeshop,” according to the Sandiganbayan.
Apart from being imprisoned, Moreno and Manigos will be barred from holding government jobs. Meanwhile, the Sandiganbayan ordered that the case against Cynthia and the other members of the BAC be archived before they are captured because they are still on the loose.
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