• Biazon posts P90,000 bail

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    Former Muntinlupa City (Metro Manila) Rep. Rozzano Rufino “Ruffy” Biazon posted a total of P90,000 bail at the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan over graft, malversation and direct bribery charges filed against him in connection with the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel scam.

    The amount is broken down into P30,000 in the graft case, P40,000 in the malversation case and P20,000 in the direct bribery case.

    Biazon posted bail for his provisional liberty on Tuesday ahead of the court’s ruling on whether there are sufficient grounds to try the cases and to issue arrest warrants.

    The Office of the Ombudsman earlier filed charges against him and several others, alleging that he endorsed the non-government organization (NGO) Philippine Social Development Foundation Inc. as project partner in implementing a livelihood project for barangay (villages) in Muntinlupa funded by his PDAF worth P3 million in 2007 which project allegedly turned out to be non-existent.

    Biazon has categorically denied having received any alleged kickbacks as a result of the transactions entered into by any government agency with NGOs supposedly run by businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles.

    REINA TOLENTINO

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