• 10 solons in new pork raps

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    THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is poised to file malversation charges against 10 members of the House of Representatives who used non-government organizations owned or controlled by alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles to funnel public funds for their personal use.

    Levito Baligod, the lawyer of several witnesses who disclosed Napoles’s illegal activities, refused to reveal the names of the politicians but added that four presidents of foundations doing business with Napoles will be included in the charge sheet.

    “The ten congressmen are new names and were not included in the earlier plunder case filed before the Office of the Ombudsman,” Baligod told The Manila Times.

    He explained that charges of malversation, not plunder, will be filed because the amounts that the lawmakers were less than P50 million, the ceiling for filing a plunder complaint.

    Baligod added that aside from the lawmakers, 10 government employees will also be indicted before the Office of the Ombudsman.

    The new charges arose from the releases of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) from 2007 to 2009.

    The lawyer said the NBI is also filing more criminal charges over the illegal releases of PDAF from 2004 to 2006. In this batch, it is possible that a former congressman who is now a senator will be included in the charge sheet.

    The NBI has already filed plunder charges against several individuals, including Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. The case is under review at the Office of the Ombudsman.

    The charges were based mostly on the testimony of some 16 whistleblowers who are in NBI custody.

    Based on a report of the Commission on Audit (COA), 32 former and sitting House members transferred their pork funds to various non-government organizations. They are Rene Velarde of party-list group Buhay, P7.8 million; Nerissa Soon Ruiz of Cebu, P22 million; Marina Clarete of Misamis Occidental, P45.6 million; Vicente Belmonte Jr. of Iligan City, P8.2 million; Rolando Uy of Cagayan de Oro City, P17.5 million; Danilo Lagbas of Misamis Oriental, P13.4 million; Niel Tupas Jr. of Iloilo, P17.5 million; Roberto Cajes of Bohol, P32.5 million; Maria Isabelle Climaco of Zamboanga City, P23.4 million; Thomas Dumpit Jr. of La Union, P44.1 million; Isidro Ungab of Davao City, P38.3 million; the late Ignacio Arroyo of Negros Occidental, P20.3 million; Joseph Santiago of Catanduanes, P19.4 million; Manuel Agyao of Kalinga, P11.5 million; Edgar Valdez of APEC party–list group, P35.9 million; Rizalina Seachon-Lanete of Masbate, P31.7 million; Conrado Estrella 3rd of Pangasinan, P36.7 million; Adam Relson Jala of Bohol, P13.3 million; Prospero Nograles of Davao City, P60.1 million; Edgar Espinosa of Masbate, P24.1 million; Marcelino Teodoro of Marikina, P14.3 million; Del de Guzman of Marikina, P9.4 million; Jaime Lopez of Manila, P5.5 million; Mariano Piamonte Jr. of A–Teacher party–list group, P15 million; Elias Bulut Jr. of Apayao, P12.3 million; Ruffy Biazon of Muntinlupa, P8 million; Vincent Crisologo of Quezon City, P33 million; Arturo Robes of San Francisco del Monte, Bulacan, P25.4 million; Maria Teresa Bonoan-David of Manila, P35 million; Eduardo Zialcita of Parañaque, P17.5 million; Luis Asistio of Caloocan, P25 million; and Oscar Malapitan of Caloocan, P25.3 million.

    No answer
    Meanwhile, Enrile’s camp on Monday said there is no point answering the complaint filed against him at the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with the pork barrel scam since the officers who handled the preliminary investigation have determined he is the mastermind of the controversy based on the supposed memorandum submitted to the Ombudsman.

    In a letter to Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, Enrile’s lawyers raised serious concern over the content of the supposed memo earlier leaked to a newspaper naming Enrile as the mastermind of the pork scam.

    “This prosecutorial misconduct has certainly converted the entire preliminary investigation process into a moro-moro [farce], with a pre-ordained outcome that will totally disregard any argument or evidence to be presented by Sentor Enrile,” the letter said.

    Enrile’s camp was referring to the supposed eight-page memorandum/report submitted by Assistant Ombudsman Joselito Fangon to Morales.

    The senator’s camp asked the Ombudsman to clarify the existence of a report tagging Enrile as the pork scam mastermind.

    “We are seriously concerned with the content of the supposed memo. Whether existent or not, the mention of the supposed memo has created tremendous prejudicial publicity against Senator Enrile,” the letter read.

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    10 Comments

    1. Filipino people could be waking up only in the morning sun to be not seeing that among other corrupt govt agencies DBM could be the MOST CORRUPT and CORRUPTED DEPARTMENT in the Philippines today. They would always pretend to be INNOCENT! DBM stands for Departamento ng mga Buwitre at Mangkukulam ! Vultures and witches suck blood and internal organs!

    2. With all these personalities involved, there’s no doubt that all this case is going nowhere, mark my word.Theres no way that you can put all this people in jail considering the length of “will be” trial and “padrinos” and Abnoy’s years in office. The most punishment they can get is asked to quit and run for office again when Abnoy’s term ends.

    3. wilmer andrada on

      The proliferation of graft and corruption in our system of governance could be attributed to the lack of oversight. We rely most of the Investigative Services to the National Bureau of Investigation which is underfunded with the enormous job they have to tackle..The Office of the President should urge Congress to enact a bill called Law and Financial Crime Enforcement Center where we create intelligence and oversight offices for each government department or bureau in all branches of the government. The sole purpose of which are investigative , information, and intelligence gathering as to make sure that there will be transparency, accountability,honesty and efficiency in each department or bureau’s operation and transaction.This will be a crime preventive measure which will ease the workload of the office of the Ombudsman and the Sandigan Bayan..This offices should be independent and could be under the umbrella of the NBI or the Justice Department. We need to extensively train all the personnel to this newly created agency to maintain their integrity and their code of conduct .

    4. How can a third world country sustain so much corruption. Is there anyone not corrupt in this beautiful country. Does anyone have a conscious? What do the greedy politicians think when the see their constituents in squalor while they are criminally rich. It truelly amazes me living here. Just think without corruption the average filipino living stardard would be a lot better.

    5. wow! kung makukulong ang mga lawmakers mapupuno ng air-conditioning unit at magiging 5 star hotel ang mga kulongan sa ph… .

    6. Why is Atty. Baligod releasing statements of impending malversation of public funds versus congressmen and some government employees? Why is he privy to the incoming charges? The NBI or the DOJ should be the one releasing these informations to the media? Please stop the trial by publicity. The department of justice should file the charges in the proper courts.

    7. Dapat LAHAT ng TONGRESSMAN at SENATONG isa-isahin Imbestigahan at Ile-publish and PANGALAN kung Malinis or Marumi…para alam ng tao ang Tunay na nangyayari…doon lang sa buong Samar, 3 provinces, sure ako meron nagkakalat ng tae doon…Please pay Special Attention to Eastern Samar…marami ako kaibigan doon na nagsasabi kung ano nangyayari sa mga Politicians…Parang walang News doon until Yolanda devastated the area…