Ex-Samar rep, 6 others face graft trial for pork diversion

Carolyn Bonquin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 05 2017 04:54 PM

The Office of the Ombudsman has charged former Eastern Samar Representative Teodulo "Doloy" Coquilla and six other individuals with two counts of graft and malversation over the alleged illegal diversion of P4.85 million of the lawmaker's discretionary funds in 2008.

Prosecutors on April 3 filed before the Sandiganbayan the cases against Coquilla and officials of the National Agri-Business Corporation (NABCOR), including Alan Javellana, president; Encarnita-Cristina Munsod, human resource and administrative manager; Ma. Julie Villaralvo-Johnson, chief accountant; and Romulo Relevo, general services unit head. 

Also charged were Margie Luz and Ma. Cristina Vizcarra of the non-government organization (NGO) GABAYMASA Development Corporation, the supposed beneficiary which turned out to be a bogus organization. 

The accused government officials allegedly conspired with Luz and Vizcarra in the unlawful diversion of funds for Coquilla's livelihood project.

Prosecutors said Coquilla "unilaterally chose and endorsed" GABAYMASA as project partner for his livelihood projects in the lone district of Eastern Samar in January and June 2008, even as the NGO was unaccredited an unqualified.

A total of P4.85 million from Coquilla's Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) was released to GABAYMASA, with P4.36 million in January 2008, and P485,000 in June 2008.

Javellana, who represented NABCOR, entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with GABAYMASA. Javellana also allegedly facilitated, processed and approved the release of funds. 

Javellana, Munsod, Relevo and Johnson also certified that GABAYMASA's documents were complete and proper without verifying the NGO's accreditation.