Visayan Daily Star - The plunder case against Bacolod Rep. Monico Puentevella is serious since the Department of Justice has endorsed it to the Office of the Ombudsman, Save Bacolod Movement convenor Romy Niere said yesterday.
The DOJ endorsed to the Ombudsman on Sept. 24, 2009, the plunder case filed by the Philippine Sports Commission against Puentevella for appropriate action, for the solon's failure to liquidate funds of the Bacolod Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee.
The endorsement copy was signed by Assistant Chief State Prosecutor Richard Anthony Fadullon.
Niere said the endorsement copy received by the PSC on Oct. 8 means that the DOJ having found merit on the case, is asking Ombudsman Merceditas Guttierez to conduct an investigation and prosecute Puentevella on the alleged fiscal mismanagement of BASOC funds amounting to P50.5 million or even more.
PSC commissioner Eric Loretizo said that as pointed out earlier, no amount of explanation by the BASOC will compel Niere to admit his false accusations, lies and deceptions, or, stop maligning BASOC officials.
"Sadly, too, he put words into my mouth in an attempt to drive a wedge between me and PSC Chairman Harry Angping, whom he had asked to probe my supposed act of clearing Puentevella in the plunder case filed against him by the PSC," he said.
Loretizo said Niere also claimed that he has accused the PSC chairman as a "vindictive political leader". Niere, standing pat on his new calling, only shows here his expertise in sowing intrigues and twisting facts to fiction, he said.