- Caluya, Antique Mayor Genevive Gumban Lim-Reyes was charged with anti-graft and corruption and violation of the Coconut Preservation Act
- Reyes approved the cutting down of 245 coconut trees owned by Juliet Ramos without proper permit
- The Ombudsman stated that Reyes used his position to overpower Ramos’ civil rights as land owner
Caluya, Antique Mayor Genevive Gumban Lim-Reyes has been charged at the Sandiganbayan for unlawfully approving the cutting of 245 coconut trees in the municipality back in 2014.
Reyes is facing charges for violation of Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and one count of violation of Section 5, in relation to Section 9 of the Coconut Preservation Act.
She allegedly “willfully, unlawfully and criminally” ordered the cutting of 245 coconut trees that were planted on a five-hectare land owned by Juliet Ramos. Ramos will also stand in as witness in the case.
The mayor allegedly allowed and approved “without the prior and required permit to cut the said coconut trees from the Philippine Coconut Authority,” as quoted by ABS-CBN.
The Ombudsman was quoted by GMA as stating that Reyes took advantage of his official position and didn’t reconsider the land owner’s civil rights.
For Reyes’ provisional liberty, a bail bond of P42,000- P30,000 for graft and P 12,000 for violation of RA 8048 had been raised.