Ex-lawmaker faces trial for graft


The Sandiganbayan’s Third Division has found probable cause to hold former Rep. Samuel Dangwa of Benguet and his co-accused for trial for graft and malversation complaints that they are facing in connection with alleged misuse of their pork barrel funds.

The anti-graft court has issued arrest warrants for several of Dangwa’s co-accused.

No order was issued for the former lawmaker’s arrest, however, because he posted a total of P520,000 bail ahead of the court’s ruling.
Erwin Dangwa, his co-accused, has also posted bail.

In a ruling dated February 27, 2015 and made public on Tuesday, the court said, “After personally reading and evaluating the information in the Joint Resolution dated November 26, 2014 of the Office of the Ombudsman, together with the above-enumerated documents, including their annexes and attachments, which are all part of the records of the preliminary investigation before the Office of the Ombudsman, the court finds the existence of probable cause that the crimes of (1) violation of Section 3[e]of Republic Act No. 3019, (2) malversation under Article 217 and (3) direct bribery under Article 210, both of the Revised Penal Code, have been committed and that the herein accused are probably guilty thereof and must therefore be arrested and held for trial.”

On February 13, the court barred Dangwa and his 32 co-accused from leaving the country.

Dangwa, who also faces direct bribery charges, allegedly received P26.7 million in kickbacks from his P54-million Priority Development Assistance Fund or pork barrel allocation.


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