ER Ejercito pleads not guilty on a graft case

  • ER Ejercito pleaded not guilty on a graft case
  • Ejercito, others allegedly forged a memorandum of agreement with FRVC
  • Ejercito is currently out on bail, court sets his pre-trial on January 12, 2017

Unseated Laguna Governor Emilio Ramon “ER” Ejercito pleaded not guilty on the graft case filed against him over an allegedly anomalous tourism insurance package deal he entered when he was still a mayor of Pagsanjan, Laguna.

The politician made the plea during his arraignment before the Sandiganbayan Fourth Division, Tuesday.

The case rooted in 2008 when Ejercito and other local officials of Pagsanjan, Laguna allegedly forged a memorandum of agreement with First Rapids Care Ventures (FRCV), as per an ABS CBN story.

The other local officials also facing a graft case are: former Pagsanjan V-Mayor Crisostomo Barcelo Vilar, Councilor Arlyn Lazaro-Torres, Councilor Terryl Gamit-Talabong, Councilor Kalahi Rabago, Councilor Erwin Sacluti, Councilor Gener Dimaranan, and Councilor Ronaldo Sablan.

FRCV owner Marilyn Bruel, aside from the Laguna officials, was also filed a graft case.

Under the Insurance plan signed between FRCV and the municipality of Pagsanjan, the former will provide accident protection and financial assistance for the tourists and boatmen plying the Pagsanjan Gorge Tourist Zone.

In the investigation conducted by the Ombudsman as published on GMA News Online, however, it was found that no public bidding was held and the contract was given to FRVC despite having no license or any certificate from the Insurance Commission to operate an insurance business.

The politician is currently out on P30,000 bail posted before the Sandiganbayan last April.

The court set his pre-trial to January 12 next year.