By Ali G. Macabalang
Cotabato City – The former Secretary of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), who was accused with Senator Gregorio Honasan for the alleged misuse of his P30-million pork barrel funds in 2012, has maintained that these were ““used properly for projects in six Muslim communities, all of which projects were later duly liquidated.”
This was the contention of Mehol Sadain, who also assured his supporters not to worry about him being arrested in connection with the indictment of Honasan for the alleged misuse of the funds.
“Please do not worry as this is part of the judicial process that will allow us to clear ourselves. Even before the Second Division of the Sandiganbayan issued the warrant of arrest, I and four of my NCMF colleagues already posted bail when we knew that the information has already been filed,” Sadain said in his message to family and friends in his Facebook account.
Charged with Sadain were NCMF officials Director III Galay Makalinggan, acting finance head Aurora Aragon-Mabang, acting chief accountant Fedelina Aldanese and cashier Olga Galido.
Sadain, a lawyer, did not mention the amounts of bail they posted.
He reiterated that he “personally welcomed the filing of the case before the Sandiganbayan…because we can also show that there was no conspiracy and no fraud.”
Honasan on Friday posted a P60,000-bail bond set by the Sandiganbayan for his provisional liberty for two counts of graft in connection with the alleged misuse of P30 million in pork barrel funds in 2012.
Honasan surrendered then posted his bail before Presiding Judge Teodoro N. Solis of the Biñan City Regional Trial Court Branch 25, according to published reports.
A day earlier, the anti-graft court’s Second Division ordered the arrest of Honasan and eight co-accused after it found “probable cause” to hold them on trial for two courts of violation of Section 3 (e) of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.