Another ‘porky’ politiko: Sandiganbayan issues arrest warrant vs ex-solon Baterina
The Sandiganabayan on Friday (March 31) issued an arrest warrant against former Ilocos Sur Representative Salacnib Baterina due to his alleged involvement in the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or “pork barrel” scam.
Baterina has been charged before the Sandiganbayan with three counts of graft, three counts of malversation and one count of direct bribery.
The Sandiganbayan also issued arrest warrants against his co-accused, former Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) chief Zenaida Ducut and pork scam architect Janet Lim Napoles. Ducut posted bail, while Napoles is already serving a jail sentence after being convicted of serious illegal detention.
Records show that Baterina released from January to February 2007 a total of P35 million of his PDAF supposedly to fund livelihood and farm input projects for his constituents.
Baterina identified non-government organizations (NGOs) of Napoles to implement his projects.
However, investigation conducted by the Office of the Ombudsman revealed that none of the projects were implemented and were thus considered “ghost” projects.
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