Trial goes on: Ex-Nueva Ecija gov Umali’s appeal to suspend proceedings junked
The Sandiganbayan 2nd Division has turned down the motion former Nueva Ecija Governor Aurelio Umali who sought to suspend the proceedings of his case concerning the alleged irregular implementation of 2005 agricultural programs.
Umali sought the suspension of the proceedings since the Office of the Ombudsman which filed the charges against him before the Sandiganbayan has yet to resolve his motion for reconsideration seeking to dismiss the case.
However, the anti-graft court pointed out that the motion for reconsideration he filed last May 2 “already a second motion for reconsideration, which is disallowed under Section 7(a) of Administrative Order No. 7.”
“Furthermore, while the Information had already been filed with the Court on April 26, 2019, accused Umali did not seek leave of court when he filed another MR with the Office of the Ombudsman on May 2, 2019. This constitutes another violation of Section 7(a) of Administrative Order No. 7,” it added.
The Ombudsman charged Umali with four counts of graft and three counts of malversation.
Back in 2005, Umali, when he Nueva Ecija representative, picked theSamahan ng mga Manininda ng Prutas sa Gabi Inc. (SMPGI) as project partner in the implementation of agricultural development programs funded by his office and the Department of Agriculture (DA).
However, the Ombudsman alleged SMPGI was not qualified to do the projects and that it was chosen without undergoing the required public bidding.
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