Prosecutors want LRay’s MR denied by Sandiganbayan
|Private complainant Carlo Batalla|
Earlier, Villafuerte filed an omnibus motion for reconsideration before the Sixth Division of the Sandiganbayan, arguing that it erred in issuing the ruling on his preventive suspension.
The main argument raised by his counsel was that "Villafuerte was arraigned over two years ago at a time when he was no longer holding public office; that the pre-trial of the case was finished over two years ago; that the prosecution is nearly done presenting its evidence; that he is no longer based nor holds office in Camarines Sur; and that he never interfered or impeded the case proceedings."
The Ombudsman filed an anti-graft case against Villafuerte for three counts of graft together with private respondent Jeffrey Lo in connection with the alleged procurement of P20 million worth of petroleum products in 2010 from the latter without the required public bidding.