MANILA -- The Sandiganbayan has ordered the suspension from office of Sarangani Provincial Agricultural Development Officer Sittiehawa Marohomsalic and Budget Officer Wahid Diama for 90 days while they are being tried for graft.
The case involved irregularities in the award and distribution of 15,000 pieces of ABC My Practice Book II worth PHP1.5 million in 2003.
In a five-page resolution, the Sandiganbayan said preventive suspension is proper to prevent the accused from committing further acts of malfeasance while in office. For as long as the anti-graft charge against the accused remains in litigation, without distinction as to stage of the proceeding, by the literal and clear provision of said law, suspension pendente lite is availing.
Likewise, the anti-graft court ordered that a copy of the resolution be transmitted to the office of the Governor of Sarangani for implementation of the suspension order. (PNA)
Source: Philippine News Agency