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Ex-Rep. Olaño cases assigned to Sandiganbayan 2nd Division

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The Sandiganbayan Second Division has been tasked to handle the cases of Davao del Norte Representative Arrel Olaño who has been charged with three counts of graft, three counts of malversation of public funds and direct bribery in connection with the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.

The Second Division was assigned with the cases as a result of the weekly raffled held on April 22, 2016.

Under the charges, Olaño is accused of having received kickbacks worth P3.175 in exchange of naming the non-government organizations (NGOs) of pork barrel scam brains Janet Lim Napoles to implement his projects that were funded by his PDAF but were found never implemented.

The Ombudsman which filed the cases found that in 2007 a total of P7.72 million of his PDAF were released to two Napoles NGOs, the Countrywide Agri and Rural Economic Development Foundation Inc. (CARED) and the Philippines Social Development Foundation Inc. (PSDFI).

The Ombudsman recommended that each of the accused in the cases post a bail bond of P30,000 for each count of graft, P40,000 for each count of the malversation, and P20,000 for the direct bribery case.