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Ex-solon, 16 others indicted over P35-M pork barrel misuse

Former Ilocos Sur Rep. Salacnib Baterina and 16 others were indicted by the Office of the Special Prosecutor with three counts of graft, three counts of malversation and one count of direct bribery for the alleged misuse of P35-million Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel fund of the solon in 2007.
Baterina was charged with violations of Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act for acting with manifest partiality, evident bad faith and gross inexcusable negligence in endorsing to implement his PDAF projects to the bogus Janet Lim-Napoles foundations Kaagapay Magpakailanman Foundation Inc. (Kamfi) and Philippine Social Development Foundation Inc. (PSDFI).
For endorsing the fake foundations without the benefit of pubic bidding, Baterina is accused of causing undue injury to government.
The former solon was also charged with malversation of public funds punishable under the Revised Penal Code for allegedly misappropriating the PDAF for projects which turned out to be non-existent, “to the damage and prejudice of the Republic of the Philippines.”
Aside from Baterina and Napoles, also charged before the Sandiganbayan was Godofredo Roque, who is alleged to have received the check for Baterina’s PDAF as Napoles’ representative to the foundation Kamfi.
The prosecution said Napoles and Roque controlled the bogus foundations with two other private individuals Carlos Soriano, France Mercado and Evelyn de Leon, who were also among those charged.
Roque was accused of being Napoles’ representative to Kamfi, while de Leon was Napoles’ representative to PSDFI.
He is alleged to be the male counterpart of Napoles in the billion peso pork barrel scam and was alleged to be many fake NGOs which spent pork barrel funds in ghost projects for kickbacks.
The TLRC officials who were also charged were Antonio Ortiz, Dennis Cunanan, Francisco Figura, Belina Concepcion, Marivic Jover and Maurine Dimaranan.
Also charged was former Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) chief Zenaida Ducut with one count of graft and malversation each for allegedly receiving the kickbacks for Salacnib from Napoles.
Ducut and Baterina were charged with direct bribery punishable under the Revised Penal Code for allegedly receiving P3 million in kickbacks from Napoles for their participation in the scam.
Based on the information, the accused unjustly enriched themselves at the expense and prejudice of the Filipino people and the Republic of the Philippines.

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