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Ex-CHED exec Vitriolo hurdles one graft case

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Dismissed Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) executive director Julito Vitriolo has been cleared of one of two graft charges against him over his alleged involvement in turning the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) into a diploma mill.

The Sandiganbayan 1st Division has issued a resolution which partially granted his motion to dismiss the graft charges against him.

Records disclosed that in 1996 the PLM and the National College of Physical Education (NCPE) entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) where “NCPE would use the facility of PLM without compensation but the PLM would select the faculty members for the agreed program and issue diplomas to the graduates.”

Even though it was later found that the MOA was found prejudicial to the interest of the university, Vitriolo allegedly told PLM officials in 2010 to continue to issue transcript of records (TOR) to the graduates of Bachelor of Science and Masteral degrees in Physical Education.

However, the anti-graft court pointed out in its resolution “there is no proof of any consideration in the use of the influence.”

“It is not alleged in the [case] Information. There is no testimonial or documentary evidence to indicate or even conclude that accused Vitriolo received any renumeration or consideration,” it pointed out.