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Ombudsman dismisses 5 execs for P3.8M PDAF scam

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By Jun Ramirez

The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the dismissal and permanent disqualification from holding public office of five executives of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) as it continues its investigation into the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales identified those found guilty of alleged grave misconduct and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service as NCMF Commissioner Mehol Sadain, Director Galay Makalinggan, Fedelina Aldanese, and Aurora Aragon-Mabang who are both accountants, and Olga Galido, cashier.

In case of separation from the service, the penalty is convertible to a fine equivalent to respondent’s one year salary.

The same NCMF officials are also facing graft charges before the Sandiganbayan for alleged anomalous utilization of the PDAF of former Maguindanao Rep. Simeon Datumanong.

Anti-graft probers uncovered that in May 2001, some P3.8 million in favor of NCMF was released, as implementing agency, and charged against Rep. Datumanong’s PDAF.

The money was intended to finance livelihood programs such as soap making, candle making and meat processing for the municipalities of Mamasapano, Ampatuan, and Datu Abdullah Sanki.

To facilitate the fund utilization, Datumanong requested that the fund be coursed through the Maharlikang Lipi Foundation, Inc. (MLFI) as NGO-partner.

Upon audit, the Commission on Audit found that the selection of the NGO was without public bidding, a violation of COA Circular No. 2007-01.

In her resolution, Ombudsman Morales ruled that “respondents participated in the preparation, processing and approval of the memorandum of Agreement and the PDAF documents governing the project implementation and fund releases to MLFI.”

She added that “the funds in question could not have been transferred to the MLFI if not for the recommendations as well as certifications, approval, and signatures found in the corresponding disbursement vouchers and checks.”

To support the charges, the Ombudsman said that there was “extraordinary accommodation extended to MLFI in the examination, processing, and approval by the concerned NCMF officers of the PDAF releases as shown by the unnumbered and undated disbursement vouchers.”

This is the second set of PDAF charges filed against Sadain. In September, 2016, Sadain was charged along with Senator Gregorio Honasan II for the alleged anomalous utilization of the latter’s P30-million PDAF.

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  • txslim55

    Philippines is a culture of corruption

  • otoling

    Kaya hinde puede ang autonomy sa muslim mindanao

  • Harper

    Almost every day someone is said to be corrupt. Is there not ONE honest person in all the Filippines

    • Juan Barili

      There are many honest people in the Phils. If they report the crimes they will be imprisoned or attacked. The well concealed cell phone camera is the most powerful tool against corruption of all.

      • Harper

        Juan I understand even vengeance is a cultural inbreed problem. Hard to say my neighbor murdered someone and not expect to be killed by neighbor or relative. AND reporting a crime to the PNP may be problematic in itself. I have actually met 3 people ( 10 Years) that I have noted are honest Not relative.. Mind you I would not leave 100K sitting on the shelf to test the theory. My Neighbors are not honest people they tend to be very inconsiderate at best.

  • Paking

    Dismissal lang? Bakit hindi ikinulong ang mga ito?

  • Avery-23

    Ang corrupt na ombitchwoman! Whatever she says can be taken with a grain of salt..

  • Avery-23

    I am against corruption that’s why I am against corrupt ombytchwoman cunntcheater capro moralLess!

    Carpio-Morales is a corrupt ombudsman, neglecting her job in order to advance the interest of the Liberal Party of the Philippines. Erineo “Ayong,” Maliksi, a Liberal Party member’s graft and corruption case was dismissed by the court due to “inordinate delays” by Carpio-Morales even though the court found “reasonable ground to believe that an offense has been committed.”. “’Suffice it to state that based on obtaining facts, there is reasonable ground to believe that an offense has been committed. Be that as it may, however, it behooves the Court to state that the other ground of inordinate delay … is an overriding consideration…’ the court said in its resolution”. “The court also noted that the Ombudsman only released the joint resolution finding probable cause July 8, 2014, four years after the consolidation of the three cases. The resolution did not even include the third PCSO complaint, the court said. ” newsinfo**Inquirer**Net/673013/govt-seeks-reinstatement-of-case-vs-maliksi
    newsinfo**inquirer**net/670067/graft-rap-vs-ex-cavite-governor-dismissed-over-ombudsmans-inordinate-delay
    And another one: www***mb***com***ph/sandiganbayan-dismisses-graft-charges-vs-bohol-solon-governor/ “Since it took 15 years for Office of the Ombudsman to file charges, the Sandiganbayan First Division has dismissed due to inordinate delay the graft case against Bohol Rep. Rene Relampagos, Gov. Edgardo Chatto and their co-accused in connection with the undervalued sale of the province’s water and electric utilities.
    newsinfo***inquirer***net/758240/court-junks-p627-m-graft-case-vs-gov-after-long-delay “Court junks P627-M graft case vs gov after long delay”

    2. Why do you praise ombytchwoman Cunntcheater corruptbytch when she hasn’t won a single big case against the corrupt like GMA, in fact only not guilty verdicts are out?

    3. I filed a case against the FDA with overwhelming evidence and I lost!WTF!!!!

    Ang alam ko number 1 corrupt si ombytchwoman as she was entrusted with the power to counter corruption yet she condones corruption!

    The FDA is extremely corrupt. List of people at the FDA and DOH who are corrupt: Atty Romela Devera, Sec. Garin, Dr. Miriam Sales, Atty. Lutero III, Jesusa Cirunay, Dr. Peter Glenn Chua, Agnette Peralta, MArivic Paulino, Atty. Jasper Lascano and Atty. Emilio Polig and former employees: Sec. Ona, FDA chief Suzette Lazo, FDA chief Kenneth Hartigan-Go (and now undersecretary of Health)! are extremely corrupt!
    Wicked_Lia(r) said, ” mukhang kilala mo ang mga tao sa FDA aH!
    nakakatransaksyones mo ba?
    lahat naman ng ahensya may mga BULOK……..”
    Yan na! Inamin ng corrupt silang mga N0ytard at MARnanakaw!

    Why hasn’t Ombytchwoman Cunntcheater Capro MoralLess Corruptbytch held Purusama in contempt of court by violating the suspension order on him? Corrupt much?

    How come Ombytchwoman Cunntcheater Capro MoralLess Corruptbytch hasn’t filed charges against anyone in the North Rail project scandal? Corrupt much? wwwmbcomph/what-happened-to-northrail/

    For the information of the bloggers:

    Read Atty Salumbides et al vs. Ombudsman, G.R. no. 180917 promulgated by the Supreme Court on April 23, 2010.” This is one of the last decisions written by former Justice Carpio-Morales now, the Ombudsman herself. While the petitioners prayer for the extension of the “doctrine of condonation” was rejected because it can only be available to elective officials, Carpio-Morales asserted the doctrine of condonation and cited several cases to wit:

    “More than 60 years ago, the Court in Pascual v. Hon. Provincial Board of Nueva Ecija17c?a issued the landmark ruling that prohibits the disciplining of an elective official for a wrongful act committed during his immediately preceding term of office. The Court explained that “[t]he underlying theory is that each term is separate from other terms, and that the reelection to office operates as a condonation of the officer’s previous misconduct to the extent of cutting off the right to remove him therefor.”18c?a

    The Court should never remove a public officer for acts done prior to his present term of office. To do otherwise would be to deprive the people of their right to elect their officers. When the people elect[e]d a man to office, it must be assumed that they did this with knowledge of his life and character, and that they disregarded or forgave his faults or misconduct, if he had been guilty of any. It is not for the court, by reason of such faults or misconduct[,] to practically overrule the will of the people.19c?a

    Lizares v. Hechanova, et al.20c?a replicated the doctrine. The Court dismissed the petition in that case for being moot, the therein petitioner “having been duly reelected, is no longer amenable to administrative sanctions.”21c?a

    Ingco v. Sanchez, et al.22c?a clarified that the condonation doctrine does not apply to a criminal case.23c?a Luciano v. The Provincial Governor, et al.,24c?a Olivarez v. Judge Villaluz,25c?a and Aguinaldo v. Santos26echoed the qualified rule that reelection of a public official does not bar prosecution for crimes committed by him prior thereto.

    Consistently, the Court has reiterated the doctrine in a string of recent jurisprudence including two cases involving a Senator and a Member of the House of Representatives.27c?a

    Salalima v. Guingona, Jr.28c?a and Mayor Garcia v. Hon. Mojica29reinforced the doctrine. The condonation rule was applied even if the administrative complaint was not filed before the reelection of the public official, and even if the alleged misconduct occurred four days before the elections, respectively. Salalima did not distinguish as to the date of filing of the administrative complaint, as long as the alleged misconduct was committed during the prior term, the precise timing or period of which Garcia did not further distinguish, as long as the wrongdoing that gave rise to the public
    official’s culpability was committed prior to the date of reelection.” (end of quote)

  • Avery-23

    Did Morales forgot her recent decision before she left the Supreme Court? Why did she reasserted the “doctrine of condonation” as to elective officials when she was still a member of the Supreme Court yet now, conveniently urged the Supreme Court to revisit the time honored doctrine (60 years)? For convenience?

    Are you saying that the Supreme Court was consistently wrong in a string of several cases for 60 years reiterating the said doctrine and you are the only one correct Sereno? Are you saying that Capio-Morales was also wrong considering that the decision penned by Carpio-Morales was decided by a “court en banc”?

    “As for San Pedro, his administrative liability was rendered moot and academic owing to his reelection in the same position in 2010,” she said, referring to a Supreme Court doctrine that condones the administrative liability of an elected public official for a past offense once that official is reelected for a fresh term.

    Kaya pala! (No wonder!)

    Proof that N0ytard is condoning corruption:

    wwwabs-cbnnewscom/video/nation/10/23/15/pnoy-defends-govt-workers-bribery-corruption-issues

    Kaya pala inignore yung complaint ko against the FDA, DOH, etc. He is condoning the corrupt practices of government employees! Doesn’t N0ytard know that those government employees are extorting money from the public? If we do not give, they won’t give us a permit, just like what happened to me! And I reported it to ombitchwoman and she dismissed the case.

    Once more N0ytard blames the victims:

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    Blaming the victims once more and I thought he was anti-corruption? Isn’t one incident, one too many?

    Even MARnanakaw admits that there’s massive corruption: philstar***com/police-metro/2015/11/27/1526400/mar-inamin-na-bigo-ang-daang-matuwid

    www***philstar***com/headlines/2015/12/10/1531041/noy-fight-vs-corruption-it-takes-two-tango Uh0oh! Fault of the victims again.

    “Abaya should be held liable as he signed the supposedly anomalous contract.” newsinfo***inquirer***net/745198/poe-disappointed-as-ombudsman-spares-abaya-in-graft-charges

    P3.8-B MRT deal awarded without public bidding done by pAbaya!!! N0ytard approved.

    www***philstar***com/headlines/2015/12/26/1536377/p3.8-b-mrt-deal-awarded-without-public-bidding

    globalnation****inquirer****net/75849/france-blacklists-philippines-16-other-countries-for-handling-foreign-aid

    Napoles insists Abad ‘tutored’ her on fund scam, says she gave to campaigns of Chiz, Alan, Villar interaksyoncom/article/87674/napoles-insists-abad-tutored-her-on-fund-scam-says-she-gave-to-campaigns-of-chiz-alan-villar

    Philippine Politics has been listed as second most profitable business in Asia, beating giant companies like Toyota Motors, Samsung, Keppel, and even its own San Miguel and Ayala Corporation according to a study published by Money Magazine in 2014. kahimyang***info/kauswagan/general-blogs/1743/study-says-philippine-politics-is-one-of-the-most-profitable-businesses-in-asia

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