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Ex-Leyte Rep. Veloso to be charged over pork scam with Aaron Foundation

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Former Leyte 3rd District Representative Eduardo Veloso faces indictment over his alleged involvement in the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.

The Office of the Ombudsman has already ordered the filing of charges against Veloso after finding probable cause to charge him with two counts of graft and two counts of malversation.

The Ombudsman said records showed Veloso received P24 million of his PDAF which was intended to livelihood and development projects for the constituents of his district and also specifically requested the Technology Resource Center (TRC) as implementing agency with Aaron Foundation Philippines, Inc. (AFPI) as its partner non-government organization (NGO).

However, field verifications conducted by the Ombudsman’s revealed these were ghost projects as the funds have never been used as intended.

The Ombudsman cited officials from the local government units of the 3rd district have denied they received any livelihood or developmental packages from Veloso or the NGO.

Apart from this, the Commission on Audit (COA) also observed that AFPI had no financial capability to undertake the project, since it had a measly capital stock contribution of only P68,000 and, in 2007, the NGO declared a net loss of P5,840.

Also, having failed to establish the project beneficiaries and there being no liquidation documents, the Ombudsman falso ound probable cause to charge along with Veloso TRC executives Antonio Ortiz, Dennis Cunanan, Marivic Jover, Francisco Figura and Maria Rosalinda Lacsamana.

In a resolution, the Ombudsman said “the concerned TRC officers did not even bother to conduct a due diligence audit on AFPI as to its capability or qualification to undertake the livelihood project.”

“Instead, they accepted the sole representation of Congressman Veloso and AFPI to undertake the projects in contravention on existing procurement laws and regulations,” they added.