Graft charges filed against Bedol

The Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) ordered Thursday the filing of graft charges against former Maguindanao election supervisor Lintang Hasim Bedol for alleged irregularities committed during the May, 2007 national and local elections.

Deputy Ombudsman for Mindanao Humphrey Monteroso ordered the filing of charges against Bedol for violating Section 3 of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act before the Cotabato City Regional Trial Court.

The case stemmed from a complaint filed by lawyer Ferdinand T. Rafanan, chief of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Law Department.

Bedol was accused of unlawfully and illegally directing the submission to him of all copies of the Municipal Certificate of Canvass (MCOC), Election Returns (ERs), Statements of Votes (SOVs) and Summary Statements of Votes (SSOVs) generated by all precincts in the municipality of Maguindanao.

The documents contained the results for the local and national positions during the May 14, 2007 elections.

However, the documents could no longer be located by Comelec officials despite stringent measures adopted for its safekeeping.

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