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Ex-Nueva Ecija mayor Ramos cleared of graft

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By James Hernandez

Former Lupao, Nueva Ecija mayor Richard Ramos has been acquitted of graft concerning the alleged anomalous 2011 purchase of petroleum products.

“The prosecution failed to specify, quantify and prove to the point of moral certainty the supposed undue injury suffered by the government,” read the decision of the Sandiganbayan 6th Division.said.

The case stemmed from the purchase of petroleum products from the Jacalan-owned SRS Gas Refilling Station.

The Office of the Ombudsman which filed the case alleged that the without undergoing public bidding or any recommendation from the Bids and Awards Committee.

“No allegation was made and no evidence was adduced to show that the price of the subject fuel and petroleum products is unfavorable to the government,” explained the court.

With his acquittal, the court also released his bail bonds and ordered the lifting of the hold departure order against him.

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