Joey Marquez convicted of graft for overpriced broomsticks

The Sandiganbayan found former mayor Joey Marquez of Parañaque City guilty of five counts of graft in the case involving allegedly overpriced brooms and sentenced him to 6 to 10 years each for each count.

Found guilty with Marquez were former city treasurer Silvestre de Leon and bids and awards committee members Ofelia Caunan and Marilou C. Tanael, who was the city accountant during Marquez’s term. Marquez posted a total of P240,000 as bail Thursday afternoon. The bail was posted hours after it was learned that the Sandiganbayan Fourth Division had sentenced the comedian and former Parañaque mayor to up to 50 years imprisonment over the anomalous procurement of brooms worth over P2.9 million.