Ex-solon Pancrudo faces another serving of pork charges

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Former Bukidnon Representative Candido Pancrudo Jr. faces another set of charges in connection with the pork barrel scam.

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has ordered the filing of eight counts of graft, four counts of malversation and four counts of malversation through falsification of public documents against the respondent before the Sandiganbayan.

The Ombudsman discovered that from November 2007 to June 2008, Pancrudo released a total of P49.2 million of his Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF) for the training and livelihood seminars for his constituents in the first district of Bukidnon.

However, the Commission on Audit (COA) reported that “there is no evidence that the funds were used to finance training and livelihood seminars conducted, or to the purchase the training kits.”

The Ombudsman also learned that the alleged recipients denied receiving any livelihood training kits.

Apart from this, the Ombudsman uncovered other violations, including the lack of public bidding in the selecting non-government organizations (NGOs)-slash-project implementers; absence of liquidation of public funds; and unusual accommodation in the examination, processing and approval of PDAF releases to the NGOs in just one day.

Also charged with the ex-solon were former government officials and private individuals, namely, Jesus Esmeralda, Antonio Ortiz, Dennis Cunanan, Maria Rosalinda Lacsamana, Marivic Jover, Consuelo Lilian Espiritu, Francisco Figura, Johanne Edward Labar and Aileen Carrasco.