Former Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) Executive Director Ronilo Beronio was ordered by the Sandiganbayan Sixth Division to pay a fine of P15,000 after he pleaded guilty to the lesser offense of breach of conduct instead of graft.
Beronio was re-arraigned on October 2, and he pleaded guilty to three counts of violation of Section 7(a) of R.A. 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards. He was sentenced to pay a fine of P5,000 for each of the charges, or a total of P15,000.
He was initially slapped with three counts of violation of Section 3(e) of R.A. 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act for entering into car loan contracts that were grossly disadvantageous to the government.
Beronio, one of