MANILA - Budget Undersecretary Mario Relampagos on Tuesday submitted a consolidated motion for judicial determination of probable cause and suspended proceedings before the Sandiganbayan.
This came after the Office of the Ombudsman filed graft charges against Relampagos in connection with the multi-billion peso pork barrel scam.
In his motion, the budget official said uncorroborated testimony from whistle-blower Benhur Luy was used as basis of the charges.
The Office of the Ombudsman on Monday filed graft charges against Senators Jinggoy Estrada, Juan Ponce Enrile, Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. and several others before the Sandiganbayan in connection with the pork barrel scam.
A staff member of the docket section of the Sandiganbayan informed the media that 11 counts of graft were filed against Estrada, et al; 15 for Enrile, et al; and 16 for Revilla, et al.
The informations were filed at the Sandiganbayan an hour before the docket section closed.
Those charged with graft also included alleged pork barrel queen Janet Lim Napoles and heads of implementing agencies who were allegedly involved in the misuse of pork barrel funds.