After Janet Napoles jailed allegedly mastermind of PDAF Scam, another two former legislators charged in same case.
Currently, PDAF scam or the pork barrel scam is a big issue in Philippines involving some of the politicians and even lawmakers.
Two more former lawmakers charged with graft and malversation of public funds, this time involving non-government organizations not linked to Janet Napoles.
This two lawmakers found involved in the pork barrel fund scam, allegedly receiving kickbacks from bogus non-government organizations.
It refers to political scandal involving misuse by members of Congress of the Philippines, PDAF or known as called pork barrel.
Each member of Congress given lump-sum fund for development projects of the Philippine government, mostly on the local level.
However, members of the Congress and lawmakers involved the funding of “ghost projects” that were funded using PDAF.
Two former lawmakers were identified, Rep. Alvin Sandoval of Navotas and Rep. Candido Pancrudo Jr. of Bukidnon, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales ordered the pressing of graft charges against them.
They were charged malversation and violation of Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, directed Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales.
In statement from Office of the Ombudsman, ”The 37-page Resolution ruled that the livelihood projects and NGO proponents of Sandoval were fictitious as the list of beneficiaries was found to be forged,”
”The barangay captains, including city agriculturists of the affected district, denied the conduct of any livelihood skills trainings in their jurisdictions as well as the receipt of any livelihood and agricultural materials/kits.”
Based on the investigation, Sandoval’s and Pancrudo’s PDAF allocations found used in ghost livelihood projects.
Aside from two lawmakers, other government officials have been implicated as well in the PDAF scam.