Fertilizer Scam: Two Graft Charges Against Governor Raul Lee of Sorsogon

By Michael Punongbayan (Philstar)

 

 The ombudsman earlier filed two graft charges before the Sandiganbayan against incumbent Sorsogon Gov. Raul Lee, accountant Raul Hernandez and provincial treasurer Ofelia Velasco.       

 The ombudsman said that the accused caused undue injury to the government by approving the purchase of 2,133 liters of Bio Nature Liquid Fertilizer from Feshan Philippines Inc. in 2004.

The provincial government purchased the fertilizer at P1,500 per liter against prevailing market price of only P180/liter.  

Graft investigators said the purchase was accomplished through two separate transactions involving payment for 133 liters of liquid fertilizer on May 6, 2004 for P189,525 and another 2,000 liters for P3 million on June 28, 2004.        

The ombudsman noted that Lee favored Feshan as the sole distributor of the fertilizers when in fact the “mode of procurement through exclusive distributorship is not appropriate.”           

The ombudsman said that the deficient documentary requirement for the purchases indicated irregularity that can only be attributed to respondents who all took part in the release of payments in favor of Feshan. With Paolo Romero, Edu Punay, Marvin Sy

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GMA faces probe on fertilizer scam
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7 responses to “Fertilizer Scam: Two Graft Charges Against Governor Raul Lee of Sorsogon

  1. For the Ombudsman, it’s just a stone’s throw to Bulan to continue with their investigations after all the Lees and the De Castros tick the same and employ the same “mode of procurement”.

    jun asuncion

  2. kawawang bicol region, pinuputakti ng napakaraming tiwali at sobrang
    “corrupt” na mga opisyales ng gobyerno. kaya pala kahit anong klaseng
    budget para sa ibat ibang proyekto hindi ito naisasatupad ng maayos dahil ang tinaguriang “aid” or tulong para sa isang probinsya ay kinakain ng isa o tatlong me kapangyarihan. sana po maging masaya ang inyong bulsa
    at ang iyong pinaggastahan ng pera. lahat po ay may panahon ng kabayaran. mayor lee, ang kapal ninyo. katulad ng isang mayor sa bikol
    na pinapatakbo ng “x- mayor coach” sa pananatiling corrupt sa dekada ng
    serbisyo.
    mr geronilla, your question seems so naiv, childish and empty. wag po kayong magagalit but its obvious that some bulan intellectuals are playing it safe and watch their friends creep gently and steal the municipal treasury. their holistic- penance is then deposited by showing up in the church, handshaking with the constituents and with a wide smile of blessing in their continous operandi of PLUNDER!
    pls remember, the teachers in your hometown are the victims of an institutionalized modi operandi.

    • unknowme,

      Please read between the lines. Have a good day!

      • P-Noy looking for a new Ombudsman? Bicol has a qualified candidate in the person of Raul Lee. Bicolanos should support him get this job for he knows the mechanics of corruption more than anyone else in Bicol and can show more solid practical experience of corruption than candidates like Carpio, Armamento, Tuquero or Mosquera. For his deputy? Well, the answer is in Bulan.

        Yes, things may lie between the lines.

  3. junasun,

    Your riposte made my day.

  4. Gov Raul Lee is a long staying politician in sorsogon, Voters in bicol must change their leaders and must vote wisely choice those incorruptible one, otherwise your city most suffers.

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