Ex-Agri chief Yap, 2 ex-solons face malversation raps over ‘pork’ scam

The Senate pork barrel scam probe was suspended on Tuesday (Sept. 24, 2013) after Blue Ribbon Committee Chair, Sen. Teofisto Guingona III (left) expressed disappointment on Justice Secretary Leila De Lima for not bringing whistleblowers to testify at the hearing. (MNS photo)

The Senate pork barrel scam probe was suspended on Tuesday (Sept. 24, 2013) after Blue Ribbon Committee Chair, Sen. Teofisto Guingona III (left) expressed disappointment on Justice Secretary Leila De Lima for not bringing whistleblowers to testify at the hearing. (MNS photo)

MANILA. June 23 (Mabuhay) — The Ombudsman has filed malversation charges against Bohol Rep. Arthur Yap and two former lawmakers in connection with their alleged misuse of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) from 2007 to 2009.

A statement from the Ombudsman said former Nueva Ecija Rep. Rodolfo Antonino and former Isabela Rep. Anthony Miranda were alleged to have channeled P15 million and P21 million of their PDAF, respectively, to bogus non-government organizations.

On the other hand, Yap was indicted in his capacity as former Agriculture chief during the Arroyo administration since Antonino’s request to transfer his PDAF allocation to the National Agribusiness Corporation (NABCOR) was coursed through the Department of Agriculture.

Based on the Ombudsman’s investigation, Antonino requested Yap to transfer the funds to NABCOR even if it was not identified in the General Appropriations Act of 2007 as one of the implementing agencies of PDAF.

The other individuals who were charged with malversation were NABCOR officials Alan Javellana, Encarnita Cristina Munsod, Rhodora Mendoza and Maria Niñez Guanizo, Technology Resource Center (TRC) officials Antonio Ortiz, Dennis Cunanan, Marivic Jover, Belina Concepcion, Francisco Figura, Maria Rosalinda Lacsamana, and Consuelo Lilian Reyes Espiritu.

Also slapped with malversation charges were Marilou Antonio, president of Buhay Mo Mahal Ko Foundation, Inc. (BMKFFI), Carmelita Barredo, General Manager of CC Barredo Publishing House (CC Barredo), and Domingo Mamauag and Edison Sabio of Aksyon Makamasa Foundation, Inc. (AMFI). (MNS)

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