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Former Vice President Milagros Ortiz Bosch, who heads the Ethics Agency at the Presidency, and the Procurement Agency director, Carlos Pimentel were at the Attorney General Office on Thursday, 10 September to deposit the first documented case of corruption on behalf of the Abinader administration. It is the RD$11.5 billion asphalt contract signed by former Public Works Minister Gonzalo Castillo. Castillo was the presidential candidate for the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD).
For weeks, details of the asphalt purchase case aired on TV and radio talk shows. TV journalist Marino Zapete lost his TV show for presenting evidence related to the case. He was sued for defamation when showing evidence that a sister of Attorney General Jean Alain Rodríguez had signed off the contracting, representing the beneficiary company.