6 current and former officials charged by Ombudsman for various offenses

The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the filing of criminal charges before the Sandiganbayan against a governor, two incumbent mayors, a former mayor and several others for various offenses.

Agusan del Norte governor Erlpe John Amante was ordered charged with violation of the anti-graft law for allegedly favoring small-scale mining operator SR Metals Inc.

Amante constantly issued transport permits to SR Metals, the Office of the Ombudsman alleged. The company was allegedly able to transport 672,163 metric tons of nickel ore worth $23.818 million from August 2006 to April 2007.

Also ordered charged along with Amante were Provincial Engineering Office employees Apolinario Yee and Celso Perez, and SR Metals head Jimwell Orpilla.

Acting Ombudsman Orlando Casimiro also directed the conduct of further investigation of Amante, Caloocan City Vice-Mayor Edgar Erice of SR Metals and several other private individuals to determine their liability for plunder and other crimes.

In another case, Pili, Camarines Sur Mayor Tomas Bongalonta Jr. is facing graft charges for allegedly dismissing municipal accountant Eileen Ceron without legal basis in 2005.

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