Sen. De Lima, Former DILG Sec. Roxas & Sueno Could Face Criminal Charges Over Anomalous Firetruck Deal


Three of the most controversial figures in the Philippines detained Senator Leila De Lima, former Interior Secretaries Mar Roxas and Ismael Sueno could face criminal charges over the alleged anomalous billion-peso firetruck deal involving Austrian company Rosenbauer.


According to Atty. Leo Romero, the legal counsel of former ABAKADA Party-List Represenative Jonathan Dela Cruz, the criminal complaints against De Lima, Roxas and Sueno are being mulled against these individuals.

In an interview with the media, Atty. Romero was quoted as saying "I sent a letter to the DILG (Department of Interior and Local Government) requesting for copies of vouchers, certificate of payments, receipts so that we can file appropriate criminal charges for plunder, malversation, graft and violation of procurement lawyer," the lawyer said. 


Atty. Romero stated further that the said deal between the three individuals and the Austrian company, which was done via loan, neither underwent the required public bidding nor was given appropriation by Congress.

The lawyer explained that "There are two contracts here. The first contract was entered into and executed during the time of the previous administration and the second one Secretary Sueno proceeded to implement," he explained. He explained that this was the reasons why Sueno was fired by Pres. Duterte.


Atty. Romero explained further that "Likewise, Sec. Leila De Lima may be impleaded as she issued and signed a Legal Opinion approving the Supply Contract," said Romero, who indicated that the legal opinion was released when De Lima was still Secretary of the Department of Justice (DOJ) under the administration of Pres. Aquino.

Former ABAKADA Party-List Representative Jonathan Dela Cruz filed a motion asking the Supreme Court to act on his June 2016 petition, which sought for the issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO) or a writ for preliminary injunction against the implementation of the deal on Thursday (April 20).

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