Hold departure order
issued versus Monico
BY CARLA GOMEZ
A hold departure order has been issued by the Sandiganbayan Fourth Division against Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella and two others while a case is pending against them involving the anomalous procurement of overpriced computer packages worth more than P25 million, using his Priority Development Assistance Fund when he was yet a congressman.
The order was issued by Sandiganbayan Fourth Division chairperson Gregory Ong, and members Jose Hernandez and Maria Cristina Cornejo in relation to case number SB-14-CRM-0108 titled “People of the Philippines vs. Monico Puentevella, et al,” that was filed last week.
The criminal case was filed against Puentevella and Victorino Tirol, Jr. of the Department of Education, and supplier Jessie Garcia, chairman of Merryland Publishing Corporation, after the Ombudsman found probable cause to indict them for acting in violation of R.A. 3019, or the Anti Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.