Ombudsman to press ‘pork’ charges vs. four ex-House members
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Ombudsman to press ‘pork’ charges vs. four ex-House members

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THE Office of the Ombudsman has upheld its earlier ruling finding probable cause to file plunder and graft charges against four former members of the House of Representatives (HOR) in connection with the P10-billion “pork barrel” scam.

This, after the Office of the Ombudsman denied the separate motions for reconsideration (MRs) filed by ex-Masbate rep. and current Masbate Governor Rizalina Seachon-Lanete, former Benguet Rep. Samuel Dangwa, former Agusan Del Sur Rep. Rodolfo Plaza and former Cagayan De Oro City Rep. Constantino Jaraulan with regard their respective cases.

Assistant Ombudsman Asryman Rafanan announced this development in a press conference on Monday afternoon, saying that the earlier ruling to pursue the charges against the four has been affirmed.

“We will be filing these cases with the Sandiganbayan probably this week or early next week,” Rafanan told reporters.

Meanwhile, the Ombudsman also denied the MR filed by former Association of Philippine Electric Cooperatives (APEC) director Edgar Valdez, meaning he would also be facing plunder and graft before the anti-graft court.

It can be recalled that the ex-House members were among the first batch of respondents that the Justice department rapped before the Ombudsman in connection with the Janet Lim Napoles-hatched diversion of pork, officially the lawmakers’ Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

Lanete, the sole politiko among the four who is still in office, is being accused of misusing her PDAF allocation worth P112.29 million from 2007 to 2009.

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