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Hidden wealth? Bishop lodges plunder raps, seeks lifestyle check vs Albay Rep. Lagman

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Does Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman really have P240 million in ill-gotten wealth?

The claim was made by a local bishop who lodged a plunder complaint against the solon, and sought a lifestyle check on him.

Bishop Hernando Burce, a member of the Alliance of Chaplains of the Philippines, elevated to plunder a graft complaint he lodged last April 22 against Lagman before the Ombudsman, Bicol Today reported.

Burce’s original graft complaint last April involved Lagman’s alleged malversation of his Priority Development Assistance Fund amounting to more than P200 million.

He said Lagman gained P240 million from 2007 to 2010 as representative of Albay’s first district.

The Bicol Today report also said Lagman allegedly owned a $30-million mansion in the United States, a P50-million house in Tagaytay City, a mansion in Legazpi City, a printing press in Quezon City, a first class hotel in Albay worth P500 million, construction companies, and commercial lands in Albay.

With these claims, Burce lodged a supplemental affidavit asking the Ombudsman to conduct an extensive lifestyle check on Lagman.

Included in the complaint Tabaco City Mayor Krisel Lagman-Luistro, Lagman’s daughter