• Pork raps filed against 6 ex-congressmen, Yap

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    VARIOUS criminal complaints were filed on Thursday against six former representatives, former Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap and Janet Lim-Napoles in connection with the misuse of the lawmaker’s Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel funds.

    Investigators formally filed at the Office of the Ombudsman complaints against Yap, Napoles and former Representatives Alvin Sandoval of Navotas-Malabon, Marina Clarete of Misamis Occidental, Reno Lim of Albay, Rodolfo Antonino of Nueva Ecija, Teodulo Coquilla of Eastern Samar and Anthony Miranda of Isabela.

    Criminal charges were also filed against the officials of implementing agencies (IAs) and non-government organizations (NGOs) involved in the questioned projects.

    Sandoval, Clarete, Lim and Antonino separately face complaints of malversation and graft. Coquilla was charged with malversation thru falsification of public documents while Miranda faces charges of malversation, violations of the Anti-Graft Law and of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

    Sandoval allegedly misused his pork allocations amounting to P30 million; Clarete, P65 million; Lim, P30 million; Antonino, P15 million; Coquilla, P5 million and; Miranda, P21 million.

    The funds were allegedly coursed through the Technology Resource Center (TRC), National Agribusiness Corp. (Nabcor), and National Livelihood Development Corp. (NLDC).

    The other NGO-partners include Pangkabuhayan Foundation, Dr. Rodolfo Ignacio Sr. Foundation Inc. (DRAISFI), Jacinto Castel Borja Foundation Inc. (JCBFI), Kabuhayan at Kalusugan Alay sa Masa Foundation (KKAMFI), Kassangga sa Magandang Bukas Foundation Inc. (KMBFI), Aaron Foundation Philippines Inc. (AFPI), Kaagapay Magpakailanman Foundation Inc. (KMFI), and Buhay Mo Mahal Ko Foundation Inc. (BMMKFI).

    Clarete’s pork funds were initially released through the office of Yap, while ​Antonino allegedly requested in a letter that his pork funds be coursed through the DA and endorsed BMMKFI as the project implementor. A memorandum of agreement was entered into between DA and NABCOR and an Obligation Request was issued transferring the funds to Nabcor.

    The filing of the complaints was the result of the field investigation conducted on the pork barrel scam as early as July 2013 when Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales motu propio ordered a fact-finding investigation in response to news reports on the multimillion fund scam.

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