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Sandiganbayan junks ex-Iloilo rep Suplico’s motion to quash graft charge

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The Sandiganbayan 5th Division has Fifth Division remains unswayed in its decision not to quash the graft case against Iloilo 5th District representative Rolex Suplico over his alleged misuse of his pork barrel.

The anti-graft court has issued a resolution that turned down his motion for reconsideration which sought to overturn its January 15 ruling which junked his motion to quash.

“The issues raised and arguments have already been passed upon, discussed and judiciously resolved in the assailed resolution,” the court pointed out in its resolution.

“The court finds no new matter or compelling reason that could warrant the reversal and setting aside of the resolution,” it ruled.

The case stemmed from the 2007 implementation of the livelihood and development projects worth P15 million for the 5th District of Iloilo which was funded by his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

At that time, Suplico picked the Technology and Livelihood Resource Center (TLRC) as implementing government agency and Aaron Foundation Philippines Inc. as partner non-government organization (NGO).

The Office of the Ombudsman, which filed the case, alleged that P14.7 million were given to the NBI despite a number of irregularities.