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Misuari asks Sandiganbayan to dismiss raps over ‘ghost’ purchase: ‘Di na ako gov!

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Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chairman Nur Misuari has asked the Sandiganbayan 3rd Division to dismiss charges against since he was no longer Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) governor when the alleged P77.26 million worth of ghost purchases of educational materials were made.

Misuari is facing two counts of graft and two counts of malversation over the alleged anomalous purchases made from CPR Publishing House, MBJ Learning Tools, and White Orchids.

However, Misuari pointed out in his motion to dismiss his term ended on Sept. 30, 2001 and that the deals were made during the term of former ARMM governor Parouk Hussin.

Apart from this, Misuari said CPR Publishing House got paid in 2004, MBJ Learning in December 2003, and for White Orchids in July 2004 and September 2005.

He also reminded that he was deatained by Philippine National Police-Special Action Force Training Center in Sta. Rosa, Laguna when the three companies got paid.

“It is likewise clear as day that accused Nur Misuari did not receive any money or funds subject matter of the complaint as the demand for payment was made when he was no longer performing the functions of the Office of the Regional Governor of ARMM,” he said.

The MNLF leader also accused the Office of the Ombudsman of inordinate delay for having violated his constitutional right for the speedy disposition of his cases.

“Such protracted investigation from the filing of the complaint up to the time the information were actually filed in court constitutes inodrinate delay on the part of the Office of the Ombudsman; thereby, effectively removing from it the authority to file the information and to pursue the instant criminal cases,” he said.