Citing ‘chest pain,’ Dimaporo seeks hospital arrest

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Facing arrest for alleged involvement in the P728-million fertilizer fund scandal, Congressman Abdullah Dimaporo wants to be detained in a hospital.

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The Lanao del Norte lawmaker asked the Sandiganbayan to place him under hospital arrest in Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan City for “progressive chest pain.”

His lawyers said Dimaporo’s physician advised him to remain in the hospital given his serious medical condition which requires constant monitoring and treatment.

In a medical certificate attached to the motion, Dr. Abdel Hussein Lucman said the patient had “progressive chest pain, crushing in character, associate with dizziness and headache.”

The doctor added that initial assessment showed that an acute myocardial infarction is considered and “advised immediate admission.”

Dimaporo also wants to open a bail hearing in line with the malversation charge over the fertilizer fund scam.

While his graft charge is bailable, malversation is not.

If the court finds the evidence against Dimaporo weak, he could be allowed to post bail.

In challenging the evidence of the Office of the Ombudsman, he said he never received any of the P5 million allocated for the purchase of 10,000 Saka organic fertilizer.

He added that it was the Lanao Foundation Inc. (LFI) who “actually received” the questioned budget release.

He said that it since the multi-million fund did not pass through his hand, it is “inherently impossible” for him to commit malversation.

Dimaporo pressed that he did not falsify any documents and that given the money was directly released by the Department of Agriculture in Northern Mindanao to LFI, he did not as well give LFI favorable treatment.

He said even the Commission on Audit showed that the conduct of the Farm Input/Farm Implement Program is “valid, legal and regular.”

Dimaporo “was not even personally involved in the actual implementation of the program and was not a party in the administration, management and disbursement of either the subject fund or fertilizers,” his motion read.

His lawyers asked the court to allow him to post bail in the non-bailable malversation charge and that pending the grant of bail, that he be detained in Cardinal Santos.

JOHN CONSTANTINE G. CORDON

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