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Sen. Honasan charged with graft over PDAF scam

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By Czarina Nicole Ong

Two graft charges were finally filed against Senator Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan II on Tuesday before the Sandiganbayan for the alleged misuse of his P29.1 million Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) back in 2012.

Sen. Gregorio Honasan (Cheryl Baldicantos / MANILA BULLETIN)

Sen. Gregorio Honasan (Cheryl Baldicantos / MANILA BULLETIN)

Honasan, the fourth senator to face criminal charges in the Sandiganbayan because of PDAF, was slapped with two counts of violation of Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (R.A. 3019).

He was indicted for releasing his PDAF to the National Council of Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) in April 2012, which was meant to help small and medium-scale livelihood projects for Muslim Filipinos in the National Capital Region (NCR) and Zambales.

Honasan endorsed Focus Development Goals Foundation, Inc. on June 2012 as the implementing non-government organization (NGO). However, the Ombudsman investigators discovered that the NGO was endorsed even without the benefit of compliance with procurement regulations.

At the same time, the check and disbursement voucher dated May 30, 2012 were prepared for Focus even before the NGO was informed it was qualified to undertake the project on June 4, 2012.

“The repeated illegal transfers of public funds to the NGO resulted in the quantifiable, pecuniary losses to the Government, thus constituting undue injury within the context of Section 3(e) of R.A. No. 3019,” Morales said in her September 21, 2016 resolution.

Charged together with Honasan were Political Affairs and Project Coordinator Chief Michael Benjamin, NCMF executives namely Secretary Mehol Sadain, Acting Chief Accountant Fedelina Aldanese, Director III Galay Makalinggan, Acting Chief Aurora Aragon-Mabang, and Cashier Olga Galido. Private individuals from Focus — Giovanni Manuel Gaerlan and Salvador Gaerlan — likewise face charges.

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  • Avatar

    Sundalong Kanin

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    MATAGAL NA DAPAT KINASUHAN YAN PERA NG BAYAN GUARDIANS LANG NAKINABANG

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    Simon

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    Kakasuhan nu yan, tapos hindi mahuli-huli kahit nagkakape lang sa Makati. Ewan ko lang ngayon. Mabuti pa unahin sa Kingkong P na asawa ni Tabaching-ching, Pia Virus at si BINAY. Baka meron palakasan huh?

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    goerizal1 .

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    finally but there is so many of them since time immemorial.

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    tarikan

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    Susmaryosep ang tagal!!!

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    MaxCentavo

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    They line up for charges….the sad fact is that the politicians think it is their right….there right and their families right to take, for self interest what is not theirs! It is the way of life. Crooked people who have a sense of their own importance and self interest. CROOKS all of them from senior politician to barangay captions minions ….all same!
    That is life of mataba pusa in this banana republic!

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    kim

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    bravo Philippines. Another thief…The whole country is full of Criminals…
    From Marcos to Duterte gov, dont make anything.
    Thats why CRIMINALS GROW SO MUCH..
    COUNTRY IS IN RUIN AND POVERTY.
    MARTIAL LAW SHOULD COVER WHOLE COUNTRY.
    President Duterte should be President 4 EVER TO CLEAN UP MESS.

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