Former Nueva Viscaya acting provincial administrator Manuel Nilves Tabora has been convicted of graft for helping a firm secure ore transport and import permits.
With this, the Sandiganbayan 5th Division sentenced Tabora to imprisonment ranging from six years and one month up to eight years.
He was also ordered to pay P250,000 with interest to complainant as International Minerals Marketing and Advising Inc. (IMAAI)as civil liability.
The case stemmed from the P250,000 Tabora received from IMAAI when he was still budget officer in exchange for help in securing ore transport permit and mineral ore export permit which are issued by the Provincial Mining Regulatory Board (PMRB) which has one of its members the governor.
IMAAI filed the complaint against Tabora when the deal fell through.
“The crime charged against Tabora was consummated when he accepted the check and deposited the same to his account,” read the court’s decision.
“That he even went to the office of money remittance company, M. Lhuiller, to get proof that he sent the money to Villasan, but records were no longer available, deserves, if anything, very scant consideration,” it added.