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See you in 2164: Ex-Mayor Rivera gets 148-year jail term for non-liquidation of cash advances

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Former Guinobatan, Albay Mayor Juan Garcia Rivera has been sentenced to nearly 150 years in prison after being found guilty of 17 counts of malversation by the Sandiganbayan Second Division.

The malversation charges have to do with his failure to liquidate the P357,956.08 worth of cash advances that he made during his term from 1998 to 2001.

“Irrefutably, the accused failed to liquidate his cash advances within the period required by the rules,” ruled the Second Division in its 39-paged decision. Rivera was sentenced to serve a minimum of 148 years in jail.

“In these cases, the accused obtained cash advances for local travel and cash advances for purposes which are not even allowed for an elective official,” stressed the court.

“Said cash advances were obtained from 1998 to 2001. The said cash advances remain unliquidated as of August 31, 2004, when the demand letter was sent,” it added.

The anti-graft court also ordered Rivera to pay fines totaling P357,956.08 and was slapped with a perpetual disqualification from holding public office.