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Ex-Rep. Olaño charged in pork scam

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Former Davao del Norte Representative Arrel Olaño has been charged before the Sandiganbayan 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 Office of the Ombudsman also included as co-accused in the graft and malversation cases pork barrel scam brains Janet Lim Napoles; former Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Undersecretary Mario Relampagos and former employees Rosario Nuñez, Marilou Bare and Lalaine Paule; Technology Resource Center (TRC) former Director General Antonio Ortiz, former deputy director general Dennis Cunanan, former group managers Maria Rosalinda Lacsamana and Francisco Figura, former internal auditor Maurine Dimaranan, former budget officer Consuelo Lilian Espiritu, and former chief accountant Marivic Jover.

Apart from them, the Ombudsman also charged in the graft and malversation cases private individuals Mylene Encarnacion, Evelyn De Leon and Eulogio Rodriguez.
Olaño was the sole accused in the direct bribery case.

The Ombudsman recommended that each of the accused 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.

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

The Ombudsman 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).