LRay Villafuerte faces arrest for graft charges

Former Camarines Sur Governor LRay Villafuerte
Former Camarines Sur Governor LRay Villafuerte
The Sandiganbayan 5th Division has ordered the arrest of former Camarines Sur Governor LRay (Luis Raymond Villafuerte) in relation to three counts of graft in relation to the alleged questionable fuel purchases worth P20 million.

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The complaint was instituted by former Camarines Sur Provincial Board Member Carlo Batalla and endorsed by the late Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo

The tribunal has already sought the assistance of the National Bureau of Investigation in order to implement the warrant of arrest against the former governor.

LRay Villafuerte is facing graft raps in connection with the questionable purchase of P20 million worth of fuel from a single proprietor without a public bidding.

The recommendation from the Ombudsman Graft Investigation and Prosecution Officer read: “Public respondent Villafuerte Jr. was not at liberty to ignore the almost pre-emptory competitive public bidding requirement mandated by R.A. 9184 in the matter of the procurement or purchase of the P20 million fuel needs of his province. Neither could he successfully claim that such direct purchase or procurement without competitive public bidding was authorized either by an unnamed `department order’ or by traditional practice.”
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