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Sorsogon Gov. Raul Lee returns to office Sept 1

SORSOGON—Gov. Raul Lee will re-assume his office on September 1, after serving a 90-day preventive suspension order imposed by the 1st Division of the Sandiganbayan. This is in connection with his alleged involvement in the fertilizer fund scam that constitutes a violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.
Gov. Raul Lee
Photo: Padabaon ta an Sorsogon
This case stemmed from the complaint filed by Board Member Rebecca Aquino who charged Lee of violating Sec 3 (e) and (g) of Republic Act 3019.
Last January 14, Lee received an order from the Sandiganbayan informing him that his motion to quash the graft complaint was not given due course.
Furthermore, his motion for reconsideration for the lifting of the preventive suspension order was also denied by the Sandiganbayan last April 29.
On account of the said developments, Lee decided to voluntarily submit himself to the preventive suspension order.
To formalize his service of the suspension order, he wrote a letter to DILG Secretary Mar Roxas to make it of record that he will voluntarily submit himself to the order of the Sandiganbayan.
In his letter to Sec. Roxas, he declared that he will commence to serve the suspension order effective June 1 to August 29, 2014.
A preventive suspension order is imposed by the graft court to prohibit government officials from influencing other government officials while the probe is being done.
However, it does not mean that officials who are preventively suspended from their positions are guilty of the crime charged.
While serving his suspension, Vice Gov. Antonio “Kruni” Escudero was the Acting Governor of Sorsogon.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM BICOL NEWS
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