Benhur Luy, testifying for the first time at the Sandiganbayan's First Division at the hearing on Revilla's petition for bail, said a trolley would be needed whenever Cambe would get "rebates" for the senator's PDAF
since the money involved is simply too heavy to carry.
Honasan is the fourth senator to be charged over alleged anomalies involving lawmakers' use of their pork barrel funds or PDAF
, which was abolished by the Supreme Court at the height of public outcry over the Janet Lim-Napoles-masterminded pork barrel scam.
"His [Arroyo's] name also never cropped up during the Senate hearings on the PDAF
, and he was never mentioned by any of the so-called 'whistleblowers,'" said Topacio.
Ombudsman prosecutors last week filed two graft informations against Honasan for violations of Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act over the alleged anomalous use of his P30 million Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF
) in 2012.
Ridon said the claim of clerical error presented by Secretary Florencio Abad in explaining the DBM documents that authorized "augmentation" of the PDAF
from the 2011 DAP is quite ludicrous.
He was also charged with two counts of malversation through falsification by allegedly misappropriating the PDAF
by 'facilitat(ing) the preparation and submission of falsified reports and documents.'
"It is so sad that for the sins of a few, many Filipinos will suffer starting next year from the abolition of the PDAF
. Foremost among them are those who are benefitting from the scholarship, burial and medical assistance programs financed from PDAF
funds," she said.
According to the charge information, Ipong was charged by prosecutors from the Office of the Ombudsman of one count each of graft and malversation in the anomalous use of his P4.9 million PDAF
for ghost projects to gain kickbacks in 2007.
Morales warned that "any further attempt to delay the preliminary investigation of PDAF
will not be tolerated as the cases are imbued with paramount public interest."
The Ombudsman found that the implementing agency officials accommodated Clarete's P47.5 million PDAF
in favor of bogus NGOs Kabuhayan at Kalusugang Alay sa Masa Foundation, Inc.
This makes Honasan the fourth senator to be charged over alleged anomalies involving lawmakers' use of their pork barrel funds or PDAF
, which was abolished by the Supreme Court at the height of public outcry over the Janet Lim-Napoles pork barrel scam.
After the hearing, Revilla lamented that his PDAF
was spent on ghost projects, but that was the fault of the implementing agency and not his office.