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Bulacan Rep. Robes’ wife implicated in new PDAF scam

Sep 3, 2015 @ 2:46

The wife of Bulacan Rep. Arturo Robes is among the 15 “operators” of fake non-government organizations (NGOs) that allegedly took out P500 million from the pork barrel shares of 20 lawmakers from 2007-2009.

This was contained in documents submitted to the Ombudsman by lawyer Levito Baligod, who helped expose the pork barrel scam two years ago.

Aside from Florida Robes, also implicated by Baligod was North Cotabato 2nd District Rep. Nancy Catamco.

Representative Robes, on the other hand, was among the 20 respondents in the pork barrel scam-like anomaly.

The other NGO operators named in the latest alleged racket were Evelyn Miranda, Rosemarie Palacio, Quennie Estanislao, Maylanie Asuncion, Elvira Roseph Castelo, Cheryl Ugali, Marilou Antonio, Joel Soriano, Marilou Ferrer, Maripaz de la Vega and Rizza de la Vega, France Mercado and Jaime Paulo Paras, based on a report in Inquirer.

The alleged scam was similar to the operation carried out by Janet Lim-Napoles in the alleged P10-billion diversion of the congressional Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to ghost projects and fake NGOs.

Baligod filed on September 2 a new set of malversation charges against the 20 lawmakers, which include: Sen. Ramon Revilla Jr., Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile, Rep. Niel Tupas, Rep. Carol Lopez, Rep. Edgar San Luis, Rep. Arturo Robes, Rep. Rodolfo Antonino, Rep. Julio Ledesma IV, former Sen. Edgardo Angara, former House Speaker Prospero Nograles, former Rep. Joseph Santiago, former Rep. Roberto Cajes, former Rep. Florencio Miraflores, former Rep. Reno Lim, former Rep. Maria Arago, former Rep. Rachel Arenas, former Rep. Marina Clarete, Rep. Francis Bichara, TESDA Secretary Joel Villanueva (former CIBAC party-list representative), Gov. Alfonso Umali Jr. (former Oriental Mindoro representative).

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