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May 26, 2024 Jester P. Manalastas 96 views

FORMER Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Nur Misuari and six others were found guilty of two counts of graft in connection with the alleged ghost purchases amounting to P77 million.

The Sandiganbayan Third Division sentenced Misuari from six to eight years of imprisonment for each count of graft as well as perpetual disqualification from public office.

The case stemmed from the alleged anomalous procurement of educational materials when Misuari was still ARMM governor.

He was the founding chairman of the Moro National Liberation Front.

Other convicted in the case were Leovigilda Cinches, Pangalian Maniri, Sittie Aisa Usman, Alladin Usi, Nader MAcagaan and Cristeta Ramirez.

Based on the information, Misuari allowed the ghost purchase of learning tools amounting to P77 million from 2000 to 2001.

Misuari’s defense team insisted that the former governor has nothing to do with the anomalous purchases since they were used during the term of his successor.

In 2018, Misuari sought the dismissal of the case citing there is no evidence that can link him to the case.

However, the Sandiganbayan denied his plea.