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Ex- Governor Raul Lee Substitutes For Wife (Sally Lee) As  Sorsogon  Gubernatorial  Candidate

From PIO- LGU Bulan Mr. Tonyboy Gilana

Sorsogon City, December 15, 2009:

In a sudden twist of events, incumbent Sorsogon Governor Sally A. Lee (Lakas-Kampi-CMD), gave up her bid to run for another term, when she filed yesterday at the provincial Comelec a certificate of withdrawal of her candidacy in favor of her husband, former three-termer Governor Raul Lee. December 14 was the last day for filing of substitute candidates by COMELEC-accredited parties.

Political analysts here said that with the entry of the former Governor, the opposition, led by Second District Congressman Jose G. Solis , running under the Kampi Party is in for a real run for their money as the former governor is seen as a more formidable force than his wife. While Governor Sally was seen as having done much for the province in her single term as governor, the ex-governor is believed to be a more unifying force on account of his political keenness and relationship with key political leaders all over the province. He never lost touch with all his political allies, and has continuously observed and participated in major political developments in the province.

While Lee is in for a tough fight in Bulan town, since Solis is from this place, which has a voting population of 46,000, the second biggest in the province, this was neutralized by the partnership with Lee of Bulan ex-mayor Guiming De Castro as vice-gubernatorial candidate. Analysts say Solis may win in Bulan but not with a margin big enough to carry him to victory. The De Castro camp promises a surprise win in Bulan for Lee, who has himself been beloved to the local populace. /



From PIO- Bulan

(Excerpts from Sorsogon Newsweek, JLG, November 29-December 5, 2009 issue)

Three strong contenders are expected to slug it out in the forthcoming May 10, 2010 mayoralty race here. These personalities include businessman Ronnel Uy Lim (Nacionalista Party), incumbent Vice-Mayor Danilo Pura (Kampi Party), and former SORECO II Director and Board Chairman Rene Hermo (Ang Kapatiran Party).

Hermo is said to be banking for support from the business and religious sectors here; Pura on the other hand reportedly depends on the political and logistical support of gubernatorial aspirant Jose Solis; while Lim is said to be supported and indorsed by the majority of local and barangay leaders.

Outgoing Mayor Deogracias Ramos (Liberal Party), who is running for the Second Congressional District is expected to be neutral, or shall decline to endorse anyone from among the three contenders.

The younger Lim, is said to be getting the edge, as of press time.

Other Mayoralty candidates include Cesar Bartolome (Independent), Alfredo Buergo (Independent) and Ramon EScoto (Independent).

In the Vice-mayor’s race, it will be a battle between incumbent vice-mayor Ramon Encinares (Ang Kapatiran Party); Councilor Juanito Escandor of Kampi; Sixto Estareja of partido Liberal, councilor Adan Eva (Independent). Another candidate is Angel Esmeria, independent.

There are 41 councilor candidates.

Meanwhile, there are three congressional candidates from this town. They are incumbent Mayor Ding Ramos, Cyril Ramos and Judge Edmundo Escalante. They will up against political bigwigs of the second district, like the wife of Congressman Joey Solis, former PCSO Manager Cardo Golpeo, Dr. Sappho Gillego-Ong (Daughter of the late Congressman Boning Gillego), Bulusan Mayor Johny Guysayko, and Provincial Board Member Arze Glipo of Irosin. /


December 11, 2009


From: Tonyboy Gilana, Bulan PIO

Bulan, Sorsogon, December 11, 2009: We are here furnishing our internet readers, particularly Bulanenos and Sorsoguenos, of the complete list of provincial/congressional candidates who filed with the Provincial Comelec Office to run in the forthcoming May 10, 2010 National and Local Elections:


1. Amadeo “Ding” S. Brin, Philippines Green Republican Party;

2. Ramon “Monching” M. Gallinera, Aksyon Demokratiko/Liberal Party

3. Felizardo “Feliz” G. Garil, Alpha Omega 9K Party

4. Antonio “Tony” V. Imperial, Independent

5. Sally A. Lee, Lakas-Kampi CMD

6. Jose G. Solis, Kampi Party


1. Guillermo “Guiming” O. De Castro, Lakas-Kampi -CMD

2. Rosario “Cherry” D. Diaz, Kampi Party

3. Antonio “Kruni” H. Escudero, NPC/Liberal Party

4. Nida F. Gamos, Aksyon Demokratiko/Liberal Party

5. Mirafe D. Godisan, Alpha Omega 9K Party


1. Abitria, Edgar M, Independent

2. Amor, Owen B., Kampi Party

3. Anonuevo, Rolando, R, Lakas-Kampi CMD

4. Aquino, Rebecca DL. , Liberal Party

5. Borromeo , Nonito, Jr. , J, Kampi

6. De Hitta, Joseph G., Kampi

7. De Jesus, Gregorio M., NPC/ Liberal Party

8. Dioneda, Mark Eric, C., Liberal Party

9. Duran, Fernando David III, Lakas-Kampi CMD

10. Hitta, Marife L. Independent

11. Laguna, Ferdinand E. , Kampi Party

12. Lotino, Eddie O., KBL

13. Lucila, Raul M. PDP Laban

14. Marianito, Ramil A. Nacionalista Party

15. Merciales, Antonio R. NPC/Liberal Party

16. Perete, Arnulfo L., Liberal Party

17. Ravanilla, Franco Eric Ong, Liberal Party


1. Barrun, Rolando G., Independent

2. Camposano, Gina F, Kampi Party

3. Doma, Benito, L., Lakas-Kampi CMD

4. Escandor, Angel E., Lakas Kampi CMD

5. Flores, Mariam D. Kampi Party

6. Frivaldo, Francisco G., Lakas Kampi CMD

7. Frivaldo, Juanita T. AksyonDemokratiko/Liberal

8. Frivaldo, Vladimir Ramon B., Kampi Party

9. Fungo, Salvador G. Independent

10. Genova, Angelita A. Alpha Omega 9K Party

11. Gois, Joey L. , Liberal Party

12. Gonzales, Toby A. , Lakas Kampi CMD

13. Guban, Renato DV, Lakas Kampi CMD

14. Guyala, Albino G., Kampi Party

15. Laguna , Theophane, E., Independent

16. Lopez, Saturnino L. Independent

17. Reyes, Carlos M., Kampi Party

18. So, Gino G. , LP/NPC


1. Escudero, Salvador H. , NPC

2. Hamor, Edwin B., Nacionalista Party


1. De Guzman, Flocerfida A, Kampi Party

2. Escalante, Edmundo H., PMP

3. Gavanzo, Rosario G., Alpha Omega 9K Party

4. Glipo, Arze G. , Partido Demikratiko Pilipino Lakas ng Bayan

5. Golpeo, Ricardo G., NPC

6. Guysayko, Juan G., Nacionalista Party

7. Ong, Sappho Gillego, Independent

8. Ramos, Cyril E., Independent

9. Ramos, Deogracias, B., Liberal Party

Meanwhile, in Sorsogon City, it will be a fight between incumbent Mayor Leovic Dioneda (Liberal Party) and the incumbent Vice-Mayor Edmundo Atutubo(PMP) for the mayoralty, while the Governor’s son Bobet Lee (Lakas Kampi CMD) will slug it out against incumbent councilor Roel Sta. Ana (Independent).

There are three councilorial districts in Sorsogon City, East, West and Bacon District. A total of 56 candidates will vie for the councilorial positions.

In Barcelona Town, Second District, Incumbent Mayor Salvador Estuye (Kampi) will try for a second term on an one-on -one battle against Provincial Administrator Manuel “Wowo” Fortes ( Nacionalista Party). There are four vice-mayoralty candidates and 21 candidates for councilor.

In Donsol Town, home of the world-famous Butandings or whale-sharks. Incumbent Mayor Jerome Alcantara (Liberal Party) will fight against three other mayoralty candidates: former Mayor Salve Ocaya (Lakas Kampi CMD), Incumbent Vice-Mayor Cleofe Migdonio (Aksyon Demokratiko/Liberal Party) and Pancho Abitria of Kampi Party. There are three vice-mayoralty candidates and 31 candidates for the municipal council.

Other Sorsogon towns will follow in our next PIO news release. /



Submitted on 2009/12/02 at 4:10am


Bulan, Sorsogon, December 2, 2009: The filing of the certificates of candidacy for the national and local elections in the May 10, 2010 automated election officially closed at 12:00 midnight of December 1, 2009.

Bulan Comelec Officer Ma. Claire Salut-Laceda furnished the Municipal Information Office the list of those who filed their certificates of candidacy for the various local positions.

Here’s a summary of the list of the local candidates:

Lakas-Kampi-CMD Party:

Mayor: Helen C. De Castro (incumbent)

Vice-Mayor: Manuel D. Gogola (incumbent)


De Castro, Guillermo, Jr. C. (incumbent)

Dellomas, Jolife L. (incumbent)

Delmonte, Luis C. (Zone 4 capitan)

Gerona, Simplicio U. (incumbent)

Engr. Gigantone, Ronnie L.

Guran, Patricia L. (incumbent)

Hao, Bernard H. (incumbent Board Member)

Tan, Jose G. (former councilor)

Aksyon Demokratiko/Liberal Party

Mayor: Cesar O. Gogola

Vice-Mayor: Crisostomo G. Gotladera


Alcantara, Noli G. (former councilor)

Asuncion Angelito Xavier L.

Diesta, Arque DV

Evasco, Permo E. (San Isidro capitan)

Porras, Andres G. (former Liga President)

Kampi Party

Mayor : Redentor G. Guyala

Vice-Mayor: Oscar G. Deri (former Board Member)


Bautista, Ernesto D.

Boncan, Antonio B. (Gate capitan, incumbent)

Cano, Vicente A.

Golloso, Alvin G.

Grafil, Jose Gunao

Guray, Gerry G.

Oseo, Gilbert C.

Valeriano, Recto G.

Nacionalista Party:

Councilor: Que, Roberto, Jr. M. (incumbent)



Burias, Elmer C. (incumbent councilor)

Dellomas-Fundano, Joy L. (former Board Member)

Robles, Marnellie B.


Gernale, Arturo G.

Gocoyo, Ronaldo M. (former councilor, Lakas-Kampi, De Castro wing)

Grafil, Jose Golloso

Uy, Louie S.

Meanwhile, the Municipal Information Officer was able to obtain a partial list of candidates in the Provincial and District Levels.


1. Incumbent Governor Sally A. Lee (of Sorsogon City) Lakas-Kampi-CMD

2. Incumbent II District Congressman Jose G. Solis(of Bulan), Kampi Party

3. Ramon Gallinera (of Bulusan)


1. Former Mayor Guillermo O. De Castro, Sr. (of Bulan), Lakas-Kampi-CMD

2. Board Member Rosario Diaz (of Sorsogon City), Kampi Party

3. Former Vice Gov. Antonio Escudero (of Casiguran), Nationalist People’s Coalition

4. Former Mayor Nida Gamos (of Sta. Magdalena)


1. Incumbent Salvador Escudero (of Sorsogon City), Nationalist People’s Coalition

2. Former Casiguran Mayor Edwin Hamor (of Casiguran), Nacionalista Party

FOR CONGRESSMAN, Second District:

1. Flor Solis (of Bulan), Kampi Party

2. Former PCSO Gen Mgr. Ricardo G. Golpeo (of Bulan), NPC

3. Dr. Sappho Gillego-Ong (of Bulan), Independent

4. Cyril Ramos (of Gubat)

5. Mayor Deogracias Ramos (of Gubat)

6. Judge Escalante (of Gubat)

7. Incumbent Board Member Arze Glipo (Irosin)

8. Bulusan Mayor Juan Guysayko

Certificates of candidacy have also been filed with the Provincial COMELEC for the Provincial Board positions.

In Bulan, the three independent candidates for Vice-Mayor, Elmer Burias, Joy Dellomas-Fundano and Marnellie Ballesteros-Robles have all decided to adopt incumbent mayor Helen De Castro as his/her mayoralty candidate.

A total of  46,125 voters  have been registered by Bulan COMELEC. There are 265 precincts which shall be clustered to 83 polling precincts during the May 2010 elections.

5 responses to “Local Archive

  1. Leandro Carpio

    This coming election will really be a big slug fiest in our town/province (matira ang matibay). Still, plenty of the old time politicians are still slugging out and plenty of new comers. I have been away for so many years now, and fortunately I was able to stumble in this website, and I will be very happy to share this website to all our kababayan (Bulan) to keep in touch and updated what’s the latest news and other current events.
    Hopefully, no violence will happen in this upcoming election in our beloved Bulan and may the right candidate win.
    Mabuhay an taga Bulan.

    P.S. Kumusta na lang Tony Boy.

  2. lahat yn magagaling, pero kasi ang bulan napapaikutan ng dagat yan,kailangan lng buhayin nila ung proyekto para sa mangingisda, secondary lng ung sakahan at ung niyogan, pakiusap ko lng samga nanalo,buhayin nu lng ung aqua projects dyan, madaming fishpond dyan na patay ung di ginagalaw gumaya tayo sa roxas at capiz, andyan ung alimango producer andyan lang sa gubat ung crblets… regards nga pala sa mga gocoyo family
    at kay matnog municipal engr. goneo.

  3. laay

    thanks for posting the list of candidates ….

  4. vladimir ramon frivaldo

    January 14, 2013

    Liberal Party
    Balay Expo Centro Building, EDSA cor.
    MacArthur Ave., Cubao, Quezon City

    Dear President Roxas,

    May the undersigned respectfully submit a formal complaint against Sorsogon 2nd District Congressman Deogracias Ramos for showing his political immaturity and true color in committing acts detrimental to the Liberal Party’s Constitution and By-Laws particularly :

    SECTION 7. GROUNDS FOR DISCIPLINARY ACTION – Any member may be disciplined, suspended or removed from the Party on any of the following grounds:

    1. Engaging in any act antagonistic to its objectives or inimical to its interest, or for violation of or deliberate failure to support any of its fundamental decisions;
    2. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    3. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    4. Membership in another political party, either by act or deed.

    Last November 30, 2012 during a caucus with our LP candidates for mayors, vice mayors, town councilors and key leaders in the towns of Bulusan and Barcelona, Rep. Ramos officially endorsed incumbent Vice Governor Antonio H. Escudero, the official candidate of Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) as his choice for Vice Governor in the coming 2013 elections. This can be confirmed by our LP Barcelona Mayoralty candidate Salvador Nee Estuye and LP Bulusan Mayoralty candidate Nani Halum and majority LP candidates for councilors including key political leaders in both towns. Not mentioning my hometown Sta. Magdalena and 5 more towns.

    The people of Sorsogon will never forget the shameful act of Mr. Ramos, then recently recruited LP candidate for 2nd Representative during the 2010 election deceptively shifted his Party loyalty and supported your opponent that causes your eventual defeat. Now, he is repeating history again by disrespecting the LP Official Nomination and Acceptance and trust given to the undersigned as the Official Candidate for Vice Governor including disrespecting the interest of the Party.

    Informatively, Vice Gov. Antonio Escduero including Gov. Raul Lee, nine (9) incumbent Board Members and two (2) top officials of the Land Bank of the Philippines are respondents in the Criminal and Administrative cases I filed with the Office of the Ombudsman regarding the controversial P350 million LBP loan obtained by the Provincial Government of Sorsogon against its IRA. This is probably the Philippines first ever criminal case filed involving LGU loans.

    One main reason for the childish act of Rep. Ramos is that he publicly admitted that he is “BEHOLDEN” to Sen. Francis Escudero, nephew of Vice Gov. Antonio H. Escudero. In Sorsogon, Gov. Lee and Sen. Escudero have forged a coalition to monopolize power in Sorsogon after my grandfather, the 8th term Gov. Juan Frivaldo, died in May 2, 2000.

    My family, friends and supporters really, really, really like Rep. Ramos to win his 2nd term in office but what he is doing is forcing us including LP Official Gobernatorial Candidate Renato Laurinaria to the wall to consider other drastic options. Last 2010 election, Rep. Ramos won only a very slim margin. We hope and pray he will have a change of heart because we know he is an honorable man.

    Deception is worse than prostitution. The latter might endanger the morals of an individual but the former invariably endangers the morals of our country if this is done by a public official.

    Thank you and hoping for your immediate action on this important matter.

    Very truly yours,


    Copy furnish:
    President Benigno Aquino
    Sen. Franklin Drilon, LP Campaign Manager
    All LP Senatoriable Candidates and Sorsogon LP Local Candidates
    Atty. Leny Robredo, Naga City

    • vladimir ramon frivaldo

      Please see my Reply to the Ombudsman regarding the controversial P350M LBP Loan of the province of Sorsogon for your perusal and information. I have elevated the case to Plunder against Gov. Laul Lee, Vice Gov. Antonio Escudero and 9 incumbent Board Members.

      Republic of the Philippines
      Quezon City

      Incumbent Member of the
      Sangguniang Panlalawigan

      -versus- OMB-C-C-12-0355
      FOR: Violation of R.A. 3019
      Section 3, Paragraphs (a) and (g)

      RAUL R. LEE, incumbent Governor,
      ANTONIO H. ESCUDERO, incumbent Vice Governor, REBECCA D. AQUINO,
      O. RAVANILLA, ANGEL E. ESCANDOR, BENITO L. DOMA, BERNARD H. HAO, PATRICK Q. RODRIGUEZA, NESON A. MARAÑA, all incumbent Members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Sorsogon.
      HIL BENEDICT G. MANZANADES, Land Bank Legaspi Office
      RENATO G. EJE Vice President,
      Land Bank of the Philippines,

      Incumbent Member of the
      Sangguniang Panlalawigan

      -versus- OMB-C-A-12-0373
      FOR: Dishonesty and Grave
      RAUL R. LEE, incumbent Governor,
      ANTONIO H. ESCUDERO, incumbent Vice Governor, REBECCA D. AQUINO,
      O. RAVANILLA, ANGEL E. ESCANDOR, BENITO L. DOMA, BERNARD H. HAO, PATRICK Q. RODRIGUEZA, NESON A. MARAÑA, all incumbent Members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Sorsogon.


      Comes now Complainant, unto this Honorable Office most respectfully avers that:

      1. Respondents Hil Benedict G. Manzanades and Renato G. Eje would like to point out that the loan was duly approved and evaluated by the different channels of the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) approving authority – from the recommendation of the Account Officer to the approval of different signing authorities, to show that there could not be any conspiracy between Sorsogon Governor Raul R. Lee and some officials of the LBP (See paragraph 3 of the Joint Counter-Affidavit of Messrs. Hil Benedict G. Manzanades and Renato G. Eje). With all due respect, NO EVIDENCE has been presented to prove this allegation;

      2. Paragraphs 4.1; 4.2; and 4.3 of the Joint Counter-Affidavit of Hil Benedict G. Manzanadez and Renato G. Eje are correct statement of facts. Paragraph 4.4 is not known to the Complainant while paragraph 4.5 is an anomalous allegation designed only to circumvent the evidences at hand and make it appear that (i) there was no conspiracy and that the THREE HUNDRED FIFTY MILLION PESOS (P350,000,000.00) LBP loan is advantageous to the Provincial Government when in truth, it was not;

      2.1 For instance, respondents Hil Benedict G. Manzanades and Renato G. Eje said in paragraph 4.5 mentioned in their Counter Affidavit, they sent a second letter to Governor Lee dated March 30, 2011 with an offer of interest rate of 5.061% as a result of recent movement of rates in the financial market (See paragraph 4.5 of the Joint Counter-Affidavit of Hil Benedict G. Manzanadez and Renato G. Eje);

      “4.5 The Land Bank-LC, thru respondent Manzanades, sent its first offer letter on March 07, 2011 offering an interest rate of 7.0% and the second one on March 30, 2011 with an interest rate of 5.061% as a result of recent movement of rates in the financial market. The said letter of Land Bank dated March 07, 2011 states that all other charges shall be waived.”

      2.2 With all due respect, the alleged letter contains no receipt of the Office of the Governor. In fact, in Annex “6” of the Joint Counter-Affidavit of Manzanades and Eje, undersigned complainant brought to the attention of the respondents that I was asking for the letter-proposals of the PNB and LBP but this Annex “5” of the Joint Counter-Affidavit of Messrs. Manzanades and Eje was not among those submitted even to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (See paragraph 1 item 1 of the Annex “6”);

      “During the last Regular Session April 11, 2011 there was an overwhelming majority (SPM Benito L. Doma, SPM Berand Hao, SPM Angel E. Escandor, SPM Arnulfo L. Perete, SPM Rebecca D. Aquino, SPM Francisco G. Frivaldo, SPM Renato V. Guban, SPM Franco Eric O. Ravanilla and SPM Nelson Marana) except the undersigned who voted in favor of the Committee Report no.27-2011 of the Committee on Budget and Appropriation joint with the Committee on Rules, Privileges and Amendments in favor of a measure authorizing Gov. Raul R. Lee to enter into a loan agreement to any banking/lending institution in the amount of P350.0 million loan and disregarding my valid objection, on the following grounds:

      1. There is still a pending motion referred to the said joint Committee to tackle the undersigned letter dated April 2, 2011 requesting for copies of the letter proposals from both the Philippine National Bank and the Land Bank of the Philippinesmitted and received, Governor Lee would not have made a letter dated May 17, 2011 (Annex “K” of my Complaint) addressed to Vice Governor Antonio H. Escudero submitting the proposed Loan Agreement from the Philippine National Bank (PNB) for perusal, review and ratification as well as the proposed PNB Loan Agreement requested by the Governor to be ratified (Annex “L” of my Complaint);

      2.4 Even granting without admitting that Annex “5” of the Joint Counter-Affidavit of Messrs. Manzanades and Eje was submitted, the allegations in paragraph 4.5 that all charges shall be waived according to Annex “4” are NOT CORRECT. Review of Annexes “4” of the Joint Counter-Affidavit reveal the truth.

      “Fees : 1% handling and ½ % commitment fees, inspection, and appraisal/application fees are waived. Pre-payment fee of 3% shall also be waived but it shall be collected in case of loan take-out by other banks and if required by special financing program.”

      2.5 Worst, when the two (2) Loan Agreement (Term Loan 13 and Omnibus Loan Term) with LBP was executed, all these fees that should have been waived but are actually still included in Section 5 of the Loan Agreement (Term Loan 13) of Annex “14” and Section 5 of Omnibus Loan Term of Annex “15”, as follows:

      Loan Agreement (Term Loan 13)

      “Section 5. Other Fees and Charges: Subject to a 3% pre-payment penalty in case of loan take out by other banks or as required by the Special Funder. Commitment handling, filing/processing & appraisal/inspection fees are waived unless required by Special Funder. GRT for the account of the LGU.”


      Omnibus Loan Term

      “Section 5. Fees/Charges. Commitment, handling, filing/processing and appraisal/inspection fees are waived unless required by Special Funder. The LOAN shall be subject to a pre-payment penalty of three percent (3%) In case of loan take-out by other banks or if required by Special Funder.”

      2.6 What about the alleged offer of 5.061% by Respondent Hil Benedict G. Manzanadez Department Manager/Head, Legazpi LC contained in the letter dated March 30, 2011, marked as Annex “5” in their Joint Counter-Affidavit, the same has never happened, on Section 4 of the Loan Agreement (Term Loan 13) of Annex “14” and Omnibus Term Loan of Annex “15” provides thus:

      Loan Agreement (Term Loan 13)

      “Section 4. Interest: Prevailing prime rate at the time of availment plus 1% min. spread, provided a minimum of 3% Account Profitability Rate (APR) is met. Subject to quarterly repricing or at applicable special financing rate if special funds is accessed.


      Omnibus Term Loan

      “Section 4. Interest Rate/s. Interest of the LOAN shall be equivalent to LENDER’S prevailing prime rate at the time of availment at applicable special financing rates, if funded under special financing program. Gross Receipt Tax (GRT) shall be for account of the BORROWER.

      2.7 Respondent Manzanes offer of 5.061% has become an illusion. It is no longer found in any of the two LBP Loan Agreements (marked in the Annexes “14” and “15” of the Joint Counter-Affidavit of Messrs. Manzanades and Eje) both signed by Respondent Governor Lee and Respondent LBP Vice President Renato G. Eje.

      Unfortunately, Respondents Gov. Raul R. Lee, Vice Gov. Antonio H. Escudero, Board Members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan namely Rebecca D. Aquino, Fernando David H. Duran III, Arnulfo L. Perete, Franco Eric O. Ravanilla, Angel E. Escandor, Benito L. Doma, Bernard H. Hao, Patrick Q. Rodrigueza did not exert effort nor initiated action to secure a concessional interest rates lower than the prevailing interest rates set by the Central Bank’s standard reference rate, thereby violating Article 395 paragraph C of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Local Government Code (R.A. 7160) which provides thus:

      “Government financial and other lending institutions are authorized to grant Local Government Units such loans, credit lines, advances, and other forms of indebtedness for projects and purposes referred in paragraph (B) hereof, preferably at concessional interest rates lower than the prevailing rates as may be authorized by the governing board of the financial or lending institution.

      Prevailing rates shall mean the Central Bank standard reference rate for medium-and long-term loans.”

      3. With their admissions on their Counter-Affidavits and Omnibus Joint Counter Affidavits’ of Respondents Gov. Lee, Vice Gov. Escudero, Board Members Aquino, Duran, Perete, Ravanilla, Escandor, Doma, Hao and Rodrigueza about the truth regarding the existence of the PNB proposal (marked as Annex “J” of my Complaint) and the fact that the latter was the one most advantageous to the Provincial Government an offense for violation of Section 3(a and g) of R.A. No. 3019 was indeed committed, thus:

      Section 3. Corrupt practices of public officers. In addition to acts or omissions of public officers already penalized by existing law, the following shall constitute corrupt practices of any public officer and are hereby declared to be unlawful:
      (a) Persuading, inducing or influencing another public officer to perform an act constituting a violation of rules and regulations duly promulgated by competent authority or an offense in connection with the official duties of the latter, or allowing himself to be persuaded, induced, or influenced to commit such violation or offense.
      (g) Entering, on behalf of the Government, into any contract or transaction manifestly and grossly disadvantageous to the same, whether or not the public officer profited or will profit thereby.

      4. Indeed, with the admission of the truth that the PNB proposal of five percent (5%) is most advantageous than 5.061% of LBP but was never acted upon by the Provincial Government and by the Respondents, the evidence of guilt of respondents are strong enough to warrant immediate preventive suspension from the office.

      5. The undersigned would like to respectfully reiterate that in a Letter dated July 5, 2012 (marked as Annex “N” in my Complaint) of Dominador O. Jardin, Prov’l. Gov’t. Dept. Head of the Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO), addressed to the undersigned complainant, he stated that his Office could NOT come upon any feasibility study of the list of projects such as roads, bridges, buildings, farm to market roads and tourism facilities funded in the P350,000,000.00 LBP loan from available existing records. These only shows that the PPDO officer nor his office was made a part of the official action of the provincial government to come up with the decision to justify and substantiate the loan application for some “priority projects“ of respondents.

      6. Worst, based on the Letter dated June 1, 2012 (marked as Annex “V” in my Complaint) of Provincial Treasurer Efilda C. Nogales and Provincial Accountant Mercedes J. Ativo duly noted by Respondent Gov. Lee, the Provincial Government had ALREADY PAID an amount of SEVENTY TWO MILLION NINE HUNDRED TWENTY FIVE THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED FORTY EIGHT PESOS AND SIXTY ONE CENTAVOS (P72,925, 948.61) to various contractors.

      In sum, the THREE HUNDRED FIFTY MILLION PESOS (P350,000,000.00) LBP Loan resulted in grave irreparable damage and prejudice to the Sorsogon taxpayers.

      In view of the said acts of Respondents Gov. Raul R. Lee, Vice Gov. Antonio H. Escudero, Board Members Rebecca D. Aquino, Fernando Dave H. Duran III, Arnulfo L. Perete, Franco Eric O. Ravanilla, Angel E. Escandor, Benito L. Doma, Bernard H. Hao and Patrick Q. Rodrigueza, they should also be held liable for violation of Section 2 of Republic Act No. 7080 or “An Act Defining and Penalizing the Crime of Plunder, thus:

      Section 2. Definition of the Crime of Plunder; Penalties – Any public officer who, by himself or in connivance with members of his family, relatives by affinity or consanguinity, business associates, subordinates or other persons, amasses, accumulates or acquires ill-gotten wealth through a combination or series of overt criminal acts as described in Section 1 (d) hereof in the aggregate amount or total value of at least Fifty million pesos (P50,000,000.00) shall be guilty of the crime of plunder and shall be punished by reclusion perpetua to death. Any person who participated with the said public officer in the commission of an offense contributing to the crime of plunder shall likewise be punished for such offense. In the imposition of penalties, the degree of participation and the attendance of mitigating and extenuating circumstances, as provided by the Revised Penal Code, shall be considered by the court. The court shall declare any and all ill-gotten wealth and their interests and other incomes and assets including the properties and shares of stocks derived from the deposit or investment thereof forfeited in favor of the State.

      WHEREFORE, premises considered, Complainant respectfully prays of the Honorable Office to institute the appropriate charges against Respondents and in the meantime order their immediate preventive suspension from the office;

      IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto affixed my signature this 12th day of February 2013 at Quezon City, Philippines.


      SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN to before me this 12th day of February 2013 at Quezon City, Philippines. Affiant exhibited to me his Driver’s License bearing number 3-90-102197 containing his picture and signature as competent evidence of his person.


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