• 5 TRC execs dismissed

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    OMBUDSMAN Conchita Carpio Morales ordered the dismissal of five officials of the Technology Resource Center (TRC) for their alleged involvement in the misuse of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel allocations of three former lawmakers totaling P101 million.

    Dismissed were former Deputy Director General Dennis Cunanan, Chief Accountant Marivic Jover, Budget Officer IV Consuelo Lilian Espiritu, Sales and Promotion Officer V Belina Concepcion, and Internal Auditor V Maurine Dimaranan. They were found guilty of grave misconduct, serious dishonesty and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service.

    The TRC officials were accused of facilitating and approving the illegal disbursement of the pork barrel of former Representatives Alvin Sandoval, Anthony Miranda and Constantino Jaraula.

    The TRC was the implementing agency of projects identified by the lawmakers.

    The Office of the Ombudsman said that its investigation “uncovered irregularities such as lack of public bidding in the procurement of projects, lack of due diligence and audit in checking the track record and financial capability of the selected NGOs, acceptance of fabricated liquidation reports, list of recipients/beneficiaries, inspection reports, progress reports and other PDAF-related documents.”

    Jaraula is facing graft, malversation, and direct bribery charges in connection with the allegedly anomalous use of his PDAF totaling P50.5 million from 2004 to 2007.

    Pork scam witness Benhur Luy has alleged that Jaraula received kickbacks of P20.8 million.

    Cunanan, Jover, Concepcion, and Dimaranan were among indicted along with Jaraula.

    In July, graft and malversation charges were filed against Sandoval for the alleged misuse of his P30 million PDAF allocation from 2007 to 2009 which was released to TRC.

    The Ombudsman said the TRC channeled the funds to the Dr. Rodolfo A. Ignacio Sr. Foundation Inc. (DRAISFI), Pangkabuhayan Foundation Inc. (PFI), and Jacinto Castel Borja Foundation, Inc. (JCBFI).

    Graft and malversation charges were also filed against Miranda last month in connection with the release of P20 million of his PDAF in 2007 to his own NGO Aksyon Makamasa Foundation Inc. (AMFI) for livelihood projects which were allegedly non-existent.

    Miranda’s co respondents include Ortiz, Cunanan, Jover, Group Managers Maria Rosalinda Lacsamana and Francisco Figura, and Concepcion as well as AMFI representatives Domingo Mamauag and Edison Sabio.

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