IMPRISONMENT for 92 to 163 years was meted out by Sandiganbayan First Division to one of the four former officials of the Fund for Assistance to Private Education (FAPE) who were convicted of multiple graft and malversation charges for allegedly mishandling agency funds between 1994 and 1995.
According to the ruling dated January 26, Adriano A. Arcelo, former FAPE president, was found guilty of seven counts of graft and five counts of malversation of public funds and was sentenced to six to 10 years for every graft case and 10 to 18 years for each malversation charge or a total of 92 to 163 years in prison.
Ex-FAPE vice president Roberto Borromeo, convicted of three counts each of graft and malversation, will serve 48 to 86 years in jail.
Rosa Anna Duavit-Santiago, former FAPE investment director, got 74 to 133-years imprisonment for four counts of graft and five counts of malversation while FAPE programs officer-in-charge Corazon Nera will spend 16 to 28 years behind bars for one count each of the same crimes.
The accused were likewise held jointly liable for causing injury to the government and told to pay fines totaling P6,554,500 equivalent to the amount of personal loans granted to Arcelo from FAPE funds.
They were also barred from ever holding any other positions in government.
Associate Justice Reynaldo P. Cruz penned the court ruling with Associate Justices Efren N. de la Cruz and Michael Frederick L. Musngi concurring.