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Ex-Rep. Valencia charged in pork scam

Apr 12, 2016 @ 18:05

Former Oriental Mindoro First District Representative Rodolfo Valencia is the latest politiko to be charged along with pork barrel scam brains Janet Lim Napoles in the multi-billion peso scheme.

After his graft conviction was affirmed by the Sandiganbayan Fourth Division in July 2015, the Office of the Ombudsman piled up the woes of the former politiko with the filing of three counts of violating Section 3(e) of Republic Act 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act) and three counts of malversation of public funds under Article 217 of the Revised Penal Code (RPC).

Apart from Valencia and Napoles, their co-accused in all of the cases include private individual Celia Cuasay, Department of Budget and Management Undersecretary Mario Relampagos, and his staff members Rosario Nunez, Marilou Bare, and Lalaine Paule.

Also charged in several of the cases are former and current officials of the Technology Resource Center Director General Antonio Ortiz, Deputy Director General Dennis Cunanan, group manager Maria Rosalinda Lacsamana, budget officer Consuelo Lilian Espiritu, group manager Francisco Figura, and chief accountant Marivic Jover; and National Agribusiness Corporation (NABCOR) employees Victor Roman Cacal, Maria Ninez Guanizo, and Rhodora Mendoza.

Valencia is accused of having received kickbacks from Napoles in exchange for choosing her Masaganang Ani Para sa Magsasaka Foundation Inc. (MAMFI) to implement projects funded by his Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF).

The former politiko was able to release a total of P6.5 million of his PDAF to MAMFI from 2008 to 2009 but the projects allegedly turned out to have been non-existent.

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