Ex-Tarlac mayor Frias convicted of graft over purchases
Former Capas, Tarlac mayor Hermes Frias has been found guilty of two counts of graft for the anomalous purchase of items in 1996 and 1997.
With this, the Sandiganbayan 1st Division sentence Frias to suffer 20 years in prison.
Also, sentenced to prison are his co-accused former municipal administrative officer Gener Taruc and former municipal accountant Rolando Domingo.
The case stemmed from the purchases made with Gem Trading worth P241,146 in 1996 and P456,635 in 1997.
However, under the charges, the transactions were made even though the Gem is not licensed and authorized to do business by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
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