Lusot nanaman! Valencia ditches arraignment anew with this excuse
Don’t look now but “pork barrel” scam respondent, former Oriental Mindoro First District Representative Rodolfo Valencia has found another reason to postpone his arraignment on his graft charges.
During his scheduled arraignment before the Sandiganbayan on Monday (July 18), Valencia pointed out that the court has yet to resolve his motion for judicial determination of probable cause, which aims to dismiss the charges against him in connection with the scam.
Because of this, the Sandiganbayan Seventh Division had no choice but to defer the arraignment.
This was not the first time that the former politiko’s reading of his charges was postponed. The tribunal deferred his arraignment last June 28 after his lawyer submitted a medical certificate showing that he was suffering from acute viral infection.
Valencia has been charged with three counts of graft and three counts of malversation of public funds in connection with the pork barrel scam.
Among his co-accused, only pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles pushed through with her arraignment and pleaded “not guilty”.
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).
He was able to release a total of P6.5 million of his PDAF or pork to MAMFI from 2008 to 2009. The projects allegedly turned out to be non-existent.
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