The Office of the Ombudsman has filed charges of graft and malversation at the Sandiganbayan against 25 individuals in connection with the alleged misuse of Malampaya funds in 2009 to 2010.
Charged were former Budget Secretary and now Camarines Sur first district Rep. Rolando Andaya Jr., former Budget Undersecretary Mario Relampagos, former Agrarian Secretary and now Masiu, Lanao del Sur Mayor Nasser Pangandaman, former Undersecretary Narciso Nieto, former Director Teresita Panlilio, former Chief Accountant Angelita Cacananta, and former Chief Administrative Officer/Budget Officer V Ronald Venancio.
Likewise charged were former Candaba Mayor Rene Maglanque as well as Janet Lim-Napoles, Jo Christine Napoles, James Christopher Napoles, Reynald Lim, Ruby Tuason, Evelyn de Leon, Ronald Francisco Lim, Ronald John Lim a.k.a. John Lim, Eulogio Rodriguez, Simplicio Gumafelix, John Raymund de Asis, Rodrigo Galay, Alejandro Garro, Paquito Dinso Jr., Gerald Apuang, Napoleon Sibayan, and Winnie/Ma. Winnie Villanueva.
Andaya said he welcomed the filing of the complaint.
“I welcome the filing of the case, confident that at the end, when my side will be fully heard and the evidence I submit will be appreciated, truth will prevail and I shall be acquitted of the charges against me,” he said in a statement.
“I have full faith in our justice system even as I wish that the case will proceed in a fair and fast manner,” he added.
The Ombudsman alleged that Andaya, Relampagos, Pangandaman, Nieto, Panlilio, Cacananta, and Venancio,
“conspiring with one another and with” Janet Lim-Napoles, Jo Christine Napoles, James Christopher Napoles, Reynald Lim, Tuason, de Leon, Ronald Francisco Lim, Ronald John Lim a.k.a. John Lim, Rodriguez, Gumafelix, de Asis, Galay, Garro, Dinso, Apuang, and Sibayan, “together with” Maglanque (then a private individual) and Villanueva, “cause[d]undue injury to the government and/or g[a]ve unwarranted benefits, advantage and preference to” non-government organizations (NGOs) in the total amount of P900 million.
The Ombudsman recommended a total of P22.31 million bail for each of the accused.