Lagot! Ex-Manila village chief gets 16 years in prison for graft


A former village chief in Manila will spend the next 16 years of his life in prison after being found guilty of graft and corruption.

The Office of the Ombudsman has announced that Bonuso Libay of Barangay 772 Zone 84 was sentenced to 16 years in jail for asking and receiving P10,000 as commission from a supplier.

The ex-politiko was charged eight years in prison each for violating Sections 3(e) and 3(b) of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

Aside from imprisonment, Judge Rosalyn Mislos-Loja of Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 41 also ruled that Libay would no longer be allowed to hold any public office.

Complainant Franco Espiritu of F.R.C.G.E. Trading testified that on Jan. 20, 2012, Libay demanded and received P10,000 from him in exchange for the approval and signing of the disbursement voucher representing the payment of rice, paint and brushes he delivered to the village.

Espiritu presented an acknowledgment receipt signed by Libay.

Libay denied the charges saying that his signature was forged.

His claims however was refuted by the National Bureau of Investigation, which discovered that the signature was indeed of the former village chief’s.