Straight News, Smart Views|Wednesday, July 18, 2018

6 ex-congressmen face Pork Trial 

pork barrel scam charged lawmakers

Six former congressmen will face trial for their alleged involvement in the misuse of their pork barrel funds. They would represent the second batch to be charged in the alleged Janet Lim Napoles pork barrel scam.

Those charged by the Ombudsman are resigned Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) chair, former Pampanga Rep. Zenaida Ducut , Rozzano Rufino “Ruffy” Biazon, a former Customs commissioner, of Muntinlupa City, Rodolfo Valencia of Oriental Mindoro province, Marc Douglas Cagas IV of Davao del Sur province,  Arrel Olaño of Davao del Norte province and Arthur Pingoy Jr. of South Cotabato province—and  officials of the Department of Budget and   Management (DBM), Technology Resource Center (TRC), National Business Corp. (Nabcor) and  representatives of nongovernment organizations (NGOs).

All respondents have denied their wrongdoings.

Morales issued five separate orders directing the filing of information in the Sandiganbayan against these individuals for violation of Section 3 (e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act   (Republic Act  No. 3019), malversation (Article 217,   Revised Penal Code) and direct bribery.

Ducut and the lawmakers represent the second batch of   individuals who have been charged in the Priority   Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam since the Inquirer came out in 2013 with a groundbreaking exposé on how Napoles and lawmakers had pilfered public money.

Morales also directed that copies of the resolutions and orders in the five cases be forwarded to the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) for immediate action on possible violations of the Anti-Money Laundering Act.


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