Sen. Ejercito enters ‘not guilty’ plea for graft rap

By on April 18, 2016

Sen. Joseph Victor 'JV' Ejercito. (Photo courtesy of Ejercito's official Facebook page.)
Sen. Joseph Victor ‘JV’ Ejercito.
(Photo courtesy of Ejercito’s official Facebook page.)

MANILA—Senator Jose Victor “JV” Ejercito entered a “not guilty” plea on Monday before the Sandiganbayan for the graft case filed against him over the alleged misuse of calamity fund to buy firearms during his term as San Juan City mayor.

Ejercito and 19 other former and incumbent officials of San Juan City were charged for their alleged involvement in using calamity funds to purchase Php2.1 million worth of high-powered firearms in 2008, when the senator was still mayor of the city.

The Office of the Ombudsman has filed graft and illegal use of public funds charges against Ejercito and 19 others over the alleged unlawful illegal diversion of calamity funds.

The Ombudsman earlier dismissed the motion for reconsideration (MR) of Ejercito on graft charges for lack of merit.