By: Roy Bersales
EMPLOYEES at the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) could not understand why Dr. Nereus “Neric” Acosta is still their boss when in fact he was found guilty of corruption case by the Sandiganbayan.
Acosta never relinquished his post despite President Rodrigo Duterte previously stressed that all appointees of former President Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III should resign from their posts.
As far as they know, the employees said Acosta never submitted a resignation letter to Duterte.
Acosta was appointed by Aquino as general manager of LLDA.
Before LLDA post, he was Mr. Aquino’s adviser on environmental concerns.
Acosta is a member of the Liberal Party (LP), the ruling party of the previous administration.
The Sandiganbayan has convicted Acosta of corruption in connection with the misuse of his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), popularly called “pork barrel”, when he was a congressman representing Bukidnon in the House of Representatives in 2002.
Sandiganbayan’s 4th Division has established that Acosta has placed P5.5 Million of his PDAF to Bukidnon Vegetable Producers Cooperative (BVPC), wherein his mother former Manolo Fortich Mayor Socorro Acosta was a director and cooperator, in 2002.
As the court found him guilty of corruption, Acosta was sentenced to six to 10 years in prison.
The court also ruled that Acosta is perpetually barred from holding any position in the government.
On the other hand, Acosta’s mother Socorro was convicted of two counts of graft for causing undue injury to the government when former Rep. Acosta coursed his P5.5 Million PDAF to the BVPC for having financial and material interest in his son’s PDAF.
Because of that, the Sandiganbayan found Socorro guilty of graft charges.
Socorro was sentenced to six to 10 years imprisonment and perpetually barred from getting any position in the government for each count of graft.
Tapatnews.com sources claimed that Socorro is a close friend of Duterte, thus, Acosta remains at the helm of LLDA despite conviction of the corruption case.