Misuari asks court: close cases

Former Nur Misuari governor of the autonomous region in Mindanao, the Muslim, has asked the Sandiganbayan to reject the cases presented to him by the Ombudsman in connection with the allegedly diverting purchase of educational materials during his watch as chief executive officer of the area.

Misuari said that the third division of the anti-graft court said there was no evidence that would bind him to the allegedly irregular transaction.

He also raised the issue of excessive delay to the Ombudsman.

Misuari, the former ARMM governor, is faced with two counts of transplantation and malpractice due to forgery due to the alleged deviant purchase of educational materials worth P115.2 million during his term of office.

Misuari said that he can not be held liable for the transaction that was made when he was no longer the governor of the ARMM.

Misuari and his co-accused would conspire to give "unjustified benefits, benefits and privileges" to MBJ Learning Tools, CPR Publishing and White Orchids Printing. He said that payments to MBJ Learning were released in December in 2003, CPR Publishing in July 2004, and White Orchids Printing in July 2004 and September 2005.

Since his term ended on September 30, 2001, Misuari said that his successor, Parouk Hussin, was governor when the payments were made.

"It is also clear if the day that accused Nur Misuari did not receive [of the]money or funds [that are the] subject of the complaint as the demand for payment was made when he no longer fulfilled the functions of the Regional Governor of ARMM, "said Misuari in his motion.

He added that the question of conspiracy was far-fetched since he was held in Malaysia from December 2001 to January 2002 and for six years in the Philippines from 2002 to 2008.

Misuari also said that his case had to be rejected because the Ombudsman had taken a total of four years and four months to complete his preliminary investigation.

Misuari is out on a P460,000 bail that he posted in September 2017.

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