Senator Lito Lapid has posted his 30 thousand peso bail at the Sandiganbayan First Division regarding the graft case filed against him when he was still the governor of Pampanga.
The said case stemmed from his alleged involvement in the fertilizer fund scam.
Lapid was accompanied by his lawyers when he posted his bail at the clerk of court of the Anti-graft court’s first division.
Lapid was charged by the Office of the Ombudsman for violating Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-graft and Corrupt Practices Act for the alleged anomalous purchase of the overpriced liquid fertilizers amounting to 4.761 million pesos without going through the process of public bidding.
Aside from Lapid, the Office of the Ombudsman also pressed charges against Pampanga provincial accountant Benjamin Yuzon, Provincial treasurer Vergel Yabut, Ma. Victoria Aquino-Abubakar and Leolita Aquino, incorporators of the Malayan Pacific Trading Corporation; and Dexter Alexander Vasques, proprietor of D.A Vasquez Macro-Micro Fertilizer Resources.
Incidentally, Senator Lapid’s son, Mark Lapid will be running for Senator under the Liberal Party. The older Lapid expressed his intentions of going back to the province and will be running for Angeles City mayor. (with DZRH Rita Salonga)