A town mayor facing multiple charges of anti-graft and corrupt practices act and malversation of public funds voluntarily surrendered early Thursday morning to police authorities in the nearby province of Zamboanga del Norte.
Senior Supt. Edwin Wagan, Zamboanga del Norte police director, identified the mayor - surrenderer as Patchito Eguia, 56, of Katipunan municipality.
Wagan said Eguia turned himself in around 7:30 a.m. Thursday after the members of the Katipunan police and Provincial Intelligence and Detection Management Branch (PIDMB) successfully facilitated the surrender of the official.
Wagan said they facilitated the surrender of Eguia after Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 6 Judge Jose Rene Dondoyano of Dipolog City has issued arrest warrants against the town mayor.
The arrest warrants is for 86 counts for violation of Republic Act 3019 otherwise known as the anti-graft and corrupt practices act with PhP 2,580,000 fixed bail and for 71 counts of malversation of public funds penalized under Article 217 of the Revised Penal Code of the Philippines with PhP 2,500,000 recommended bail.
Wagan said Eguia is now in the custody of the police in Katipunan town pending his turnover to court authorities.
The charges against Eguia stemmed from his unliquidated cash advances for travel expenses the past years despite requests from the Commission on Audit.
Source: Philippines News Agency