Isabela mayor Charlton Uy faces graft raps for buying overpriced land
By Nancy Carvajal
Incumbent Cabatuan, Isabela mayor Charlton Uy, and four others including his brother and town officials have been charged with graft practices before the Office of the Ombudsman over the alleged overpriced by at least twenty times the purchased of land for a coliseum.
The National Bureau of Investigation Anti- Graft Division identified the other accused as Christopher Uy, Manila Manerva Alivia, sister in law of Uy, Christine Entera, town accountant and Crisanto James, the municipal treasurer.
Based on the NBI-AGD report the mayor authorized the purchase of the 10,000 square – meter lot from Alivia for P10 million, when land deals in the same area showed it only be around P870 thousand.
The NBI-AGD also found out that the mayor’s brother three months before, purchased a 24, 395 square meters land for P1.350 million at P55.00 per sqm after a municipal ordinance was passed to allocate P10 million for a lot for the planned coliseum.
“When Mayor Uy, purchased the the subject property from the very sister inlaw, of his brother, such transaction was tainted by partiality, bad faith and gross negligence knowing fully well that the price was totally unconscionable given the original price for which the whole property was originally bought from the previous owner,’’ the NBI report said.
The four respondents were investigated for alleged violation of Republic Act (RA) 7080 or the Anti-Plunder Law, RA 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and RA 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.