Supreme Court Gives Verdict on Charges Vs. Late Governor Roel Degamo, 3 Others

Decision of Supreme Court on Malversation Case Vs. Gov. Roel Degamo, 3 Others

SUPREME COURT – The High Court gave its verdict on the charges versus the late Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo and three (3) others.

Prior to his death last March 4, Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo was facing charges for alleged malversation of government funds over the disbursement of calamity funds in 2011. The province was struck by Typhoon Sendong in 2011 and, in 2012, the then provincial leader sought a P480.7-million Special Allotment and Release Order (SARO) for the repair of the structures damaged by the calamity.

However, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) reportedly found anomalies in the purchase of the materials and the payments of the repair of the infrastructures damaged by the typhoon. Cases were filed against Degamo and then provincial treasurer, Danilo Mendez; then provincial accountant, Teodorico Reyes; and Fiat Construction Services’ Farouk Macarambon.

Roel Degamo's Death
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Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, the Supreme Court has already decided on the charges of malversation of public funds filed against the late former Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo and 3 others. The High Court cleared the late Governor and his co-defendants from the case of malversation of public funds.

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The Supreme Court First Division dismissed 11 counts of graft charges and 11 counts of falsification case as per the report. The petition for certiorari filed by the late Governor and his co-defendants was also granted.

However, early this month, Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo faced his unexpected demise. On a Saturday last March 4, he was attacked by men wearing pixelated uniform at his home in Pamplona.

The men barged in the gate of the compound of the Governor and shot him. His ally and several civilians also fell victims to the incident. His family is calling for justice and they believe that his death is politically-inclined.

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