Iloilo Rep Treñas not questioning ‘unfair’ suspension by Sandigan

January 9, 2018 - 7:02 AM
Iloilo City Rep Jerry P. Treñas (image from

ILOILO CITY, Philippines — Iloilo City Representative Jerry P. Treñas will not appeal the decision of the Sandiganbayan ordering his 90-day preventive suspension for the release of P500,000 to a media group not accredited by the local government when he was still mayor in 2003.

He said he would just accept the “unfair” decision, noting that the city government was only the conduit for the fund donated by Senator Loren Legarda and stressing that all the legal processes were followed when the money was released to the Iloilo Press Club Inc.

Treñas is currently coordinating with the office of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez “for the implementation of the suspension” even as he expects he will be allowed to go through the “legal process.”

A copy of the suspension order was emailed to Treñas by his lawyers on Friday afternoon.

Lemuel Fernandez, former president of the IPC, in a previous interview over Bombo Radyo, said the fund was used to finance the construction of the press club building in Molo district.