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Increased civil liability sought for officials in Macapagal Blvd. mess.

State prosecutors have asked the Sandiganbayan First Division to raise the amount of the civil liability that should be paid by those convicted of graft in the overpriced construction of the President Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard in Pasay City which was built at a cost of more than P500 million.

"All of the individuals convicted be held jointly and severally liable for the total amount of Two Hundred Fifty Two Million Nine Hundred Fifty One Thousand and Four Hundred Fifty Eight Pesos and Seventy Two Centavos (P252,951,458.72) representing the Contract Price Adjustment, Variation Order No. 2, Variation Order No. 4 and Final Bill of quantities as civil indemnity," read the pleading filed by the prosecution.

Apart from this, state lawyers also asked the Sandiganbayan that five of those who were acquitted in the case be also held civilly liable for the total amount of P126,510,648.52. They are former Philippine Estates Authority (now Philippine Reclamations Authority) chairman Ernest Frederick Villareal, and former PEA board members Joemarie Gerochi, Angelito Villanueva, Martin Sanciego Jr., and Rodolfo Tuazon.

In its Decision dated Februry 5, the graft court imposed against 13 persons convicted in the case to jointly and severally reimburse the government as civil liability the cost of the improper contract price adjustment and the cost of the Seaside Drive Extension totaling P100,016,794.74 with interest until it has been fully paid.

The First Division also sentenced them each to a minimum imprisonment of six years and one month up to a maximum of eight years.

Those convicted by the First Division were six former PEA board members, namely, former chairman Frisco Francisco San Juan, Carmelita de Leon-Chan, Daniel Dayan, Salvador Malbarosa, Leo Padilla, and Elpidio Damaso.

Other former PEA officials who were found guilty were Manuel Berina Jr., former deputy general manager for operation and technical services, Jaime Millan, former assistant general manager, Bernardo Viray, former manager for technical services department, Theron Victor Lacson, former deputy general manager for finance, Raphael Pocholo Zorilla, project management officer and Cristina Amposta-Mortel, legal department manager.

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Date:Apr 15, 2015
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