Arthur Yap’s arraignment for graft moved to Jan

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The Sandiganbayan’s Third Division deferred the arraignment of former Agriculture secretary Arthur Yap on two counts of graft, one count of malversation through falsification, and one count of malversation.

The court reset his arraignment to January 19 next year because Yap has a pending motion for reconsideration on the court’s finding of basis to try the cases, as well as a pending motion to quash.

Earlier, the Office of the Ombudsman filed at the Sandiganbayan charges of graft, malversation through falsification, and malversation against former Misamis Occidental Rep. Marina Clarete and several other individuals over alleged misappropriation of PDAF or pork barrel allocation totaling P62.63 million between 2007 and 2009.

Yap, then the Agriculture secretary at the time material to the cases, was named respondent in two of the 18 counts of graft, in one of the 11 counts of malversation through falsification, and in one of the seven counts of malversation filed against Clarete.


The Sandiganbayan’s Third Division later found basis to try the cases.

In filing the cases earlier, the Ombudsman alleged Clarete chose and endorsed Aaron Foundation Philippines Inc., Kabuhayan at Kalusugang Alay sa Masa Foundation Inc. (KKAMFI), and Kasangga sa Magandang Bukas Foundation Inc. as project partners in implementing PDAF-funded livelihood projects that allegedly “turned out to be non existent.”

Yap allegedly entered into a memorandum of agreement with the National Agribusiness Corporation (Nabcor) on project implementation, in the cases involving KKAMFI.

Numerous people charged
The others charged with graft along with Clarete were: Alan Javellana (13 counts), Rhodora Mendoza (13 counts), Encarnita Munsod (four counts), Ma. Julie Villaralvo-Johnson (five counts), Romulo Relevo (two counts), Maria Ninez Guañizo (two counts), and Victor Roman Cacal (two counts) who were formerly with Nabcor; Gondelina Amata (eight counts), Emmanuel Alexis Sevidal (eight counts), Evelyn Sucgang (three counts), Gregoria Buenaventura (eight counts), Ofelia Ordoñez (seven counts), Sofia Cruz (four counts), Chita Jalandoni (five counts), and Filipina Rodriguez (one count) who were with the National Livelihood Development Corp.; Antonio Ortiz (two counts), Dennis Cunanan (one count), Maria Rosalinda Lacsamana (two counts), Francisco Figura (two counts), Consuelo Lilian Espiritu (two counts), Marivic Jover (one count) who were formerly with the Technology Resource Center; and Marilou Antonio (14 counts), Marilou Ferrer (two counts), Allen Calma (two counts), Rodrigo Doria (six counts), Pio Ronquillo (two counts), Flerida Alberto (10 counts), Maria Paz Vega (seven counts), Ma. Nerizan Gador (one count), and Godofredo Roque (one count).

The others charged with malversation through falsification along with Clarete were Javellana (four counts), Mendoza (four counts), Munsod (two counts), Johnson (three counts), Antonio (nine counts), Ferrer (two counts), Relevo (one count), Calma (two counts), Cacal (one count), Guañizo (one count), Alberto (seven counts), Vega (five counts), Amata (six counts), Sevidal (six counts), Sucgang (two counts), Buenaventura (six counts), Ordoñez (five counts), Doria (six counts), Cruz (two counts), Jalandoni (four counts), Rodriguez (one count) Gador (one count), Roque (one count), Ortiz (one count), Lacsamana (one count), Figura (one count), Jover (one count), Espiritu (one count), and Ronquillo (one count).

The others charged with malversation along with Clarete were Javellana (four counts), Mendoza (four counts), Munsod (two counts), Antonio (five counts), Relevo (one count), Johnson (two counts), Amata (two counts), Sevidal (two counts), Sucgang (one count), Buenaventura (two counts), Ordoñez (two counts), Cruz (two counts), Alberto (three counts), Ortiz (one count), Cunanan (one count), Lacsamana (one count), Figura (one count), Espiritu (one count), Ronquillo (one count), Cacal (one count), Guañizo (one count), Vega (two counts), and Jalandoni (one count).

Clarete and some of the other accused are at large.

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