• Cotabato gov, ex- lawmaker post bail

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    THE governor of North Cotabato and a former Oriental Mindoro congressman on Friday posted bail for their temporary liberty in connection with the charges of anti-graft and malversation filed against them before separate divisions of the Sandiganbayan.

    Gov. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza posted a total of P90,000 bail before the anti-graft court’s First Division for three counts of graft case in connection with alleged illegal procurement of diesel fuel amounting to P2.4 million in 2010.

    The fuel was allegedly procured from the gasoline station owned by Mendoza’s mother without a public bidding as required by law.

    Meanwhile, Rep. Rodolfo Valencia posted a total of P210,000 bail for three counts of graft and three counts of malversation cases he is facing before the Sandiganbayan’s Seventh Division in connection with the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel scam.

    During his term as congressional representative, Valencia allegedly endorsed the implementation of his PDAF-funded livelihood and agricultural projects to “questionable” non-government organizations supposedly run by Janet Lim-Napoles.

    “The PDAF was anomalously used for livelihood and agricultural projects, skills training and distribution of livelihood kits,” the Ombudsman had alleged.

    Also named respondents in the same charges were Napoles, private individual Celia Cuasay, Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Undersecretary Mario Relampagos and then-DBM employees Rosario Nuñez, Marilou Bare, and Lalaine Paule.

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