Sandiganbayan suspends Romblon solon facing graft raps

THE Sandiganbayan has ordered the suspension of Romblon Rep. Eleandro Jesus Madrona for 90 days over  a graft charge filed against him involving P4.8 million for alleged illegal purchase of fertilizer in 2004.

Madrona, who was then the governor of Romblon, was accused of violating Section 3(e) of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act when he allegedly ordered the purchase of 3,333 bottles of organic liquid fertilizer amounting to P4.8 million without public bidding, in violation of the Government Procurement Reform Act.

According to the Sandiganbayan Sixth Division, the  suspension aims to prevent incumbent officials from using their positionto avoid convention.

Madrona voluntarily submitted himself to the Court’s jurisdiction and accepted its authority to suspend him as an elected congressman of Romblon.

The decision was  penned by Division chairperson Sarah Jane Fernandez and concurred in by Associate Justices Karl Miranda and Kevin Narce Vivero.

The Court noted that a similar preventive suspension cannot be ordered against Madrona’s co-accused, Geishler Fadri and Oscar Galos, as they are no longer serving as public officials.

The Sandiganbayan sent a copy of the order to Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano for implementation.