The Court of Valencia acquitted the former president of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and the PP of the province of Valencia, Alfonso Rus, and Marcos Benavent, the so-called Yonki of money in the award case of a telephone service center, (call center) , which is being investigated for alleged irregularities in the provision and provision of this service. Aside from Rus and Benavent, the court acquitted the other five defendants, including Benavent’s father-in-law, of influence peddling, prevarication, embezzlement, fraud, falsification of documents and money laundering. The investigation is part of the macro case that emerged in Operation Taula due to the suspicion of a network created for the awarding of contracts in exchange for illegal commissions.
The sentence breaks down each of the Prosecutor’s accusations. He continued that “it has not been proven that the members of the contracting panel were forced to decide on the successful bidder or that they received any kind of pressure in that regard from any person.” Likewise, it says that “it has not been proven that in the stage of the bidding of the contract, and in the subsequent award, the defendant Alfonso Rus has any participation. “It is proven that the initiative of the management commission was decided in a plenary session of the Valencia County Council.” Regarding the embezzlement of public funds, he pointed out: “The amount shown by the Public Prosecutor’s Office can hardly be considered a diversion of public funds because their accusation is based on a conviction that we have already declared unprovable, that of a fraudulent contract.”
On the theory that Benavent’s father-in-law, businessman Mariano López, received a ‘bribe’ for favoring the chosen company, the resolution dictates that “it has not been proven” that this businessman knew, on the left still the child of the contract. , to whom it was given and the amounts it received were “absurd.” “On the contrary, it has been proven that, simultaneously with the start of the implementation of the contact center, a professional relationship begins,” indicates the decision, adding that there are “specific staff meetings” with the winning company through which . collected information to later submit reports.
During the trial, Alfonso Rus denied any responsibility in the trial and attributed the case to “revenge.” He denied that he had influenced the writing of the details. “No, the technicians do that and no one else,” he replied. “Neither did I talk to Salvado Deusa (the accused official). It was not my mission,” he stressed. He also denied having discussed the contract with Benavent and knowing those responsible for the successful bidder.
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