Plunder, graft raps filed vs Cayetano, wife

By Jenny Reyes, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 20 2014 12:58 PM | Updated as of Aug 21 2014 08:26 AM

MANILA -- A civil society group filed three separate graft and plunder complaints against Senator Alan Peter Cayetano and his wife, Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano.

Lawyer Roderick Vera of the group Philippine Association for the Advancement of Civil Liberties, Inc. charged Sen. Cayetano with violations of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act before the Office of the Ombudsman.

In its complaint, the group alleged that Sen. Cayetano misused his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) from 2007 to 2009, around the same time when the senator was claiming he was deprived of his pork barrel funds for being critical of then-president Gloria Arroyo.

The group also claimed that Cayetano also has unexplained wealth, based on a leap in his net worth from P15 million in 2010 to P23 million pesos in 2011.

A separate graft complaint was also filed against the senator, his wife Lani, and 16 city councilors for the alleged purchase of 18 overpriced multicabs worth over P8 million, or roughly half a million pesos each.

Plunder charges were also filed against Mayor Cayetano and the 16 councilors for allegedly releasing P313 million for the hiring of over 3,000 ghost employees.

Vera was quick to clarify that his group is not connected with any political figure and that their complaint has nothing to do with Cayetano's supposed presidential bid.

The filing of the plunder and graft complaints comes as the Cayetanos' rival, Mayor Junjun Binay and his father, Vice President Jejomar Binay, are facing plunder for the alleged overpricing of the Makati City Hall Building 2.

Earlier, Senator Nancy Binay challenged Senator Antonio Trillanes IV to also launch a Senate probe on the alleged anomalies in Taguig, which includes the allegedly overpriced multicabs.

Through a resolution filed by Sen. Trillanes, the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee held on Wednesday a probe into the overpriced building claim.