Ombudsman dismisses 19 gov't officials over 'pork barrel' scam


Posted at Jun 28 2017 03:39 PM

MANILA - The Office of the Ombudsman has dismissed 19 officials for their alleged involvement in anomalous disbursements of Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) allocations of four former lawmakers, among cases that stemmed from the P10-billion "pork barrel" scam. 

Those dismissed were two legislative staffers and officials from the National Livelihood Development Corporation (NLDC), Technology Resource Center (TRC), and the National Agribusiness Corporation (NABCOR), three agencies supposed to implement questionable PDAF-funded projects. 

Those "perpetually dismissed" from government service were: 

Legislative Staff:
- Jennifer Karen Lagbas, chief of staff 
- Danilo Jamito, chief public affairs officer 

NABCOR Representatives:
- Alan Javellana
- Encarnita Cristina Munsod
- Romulo Relevo
- Rhodora Mendoza

NLDC Representatives:
- Gondelina Amata
- Emmanuel Alexis Sevidal
- Ofelia Ordoñez
- Sofia Cruz

TRC Representatives:
- Marivic Jover
- Dennis Cunanan
- Marivic Jover
- Belina Concepcion
- Maurine Dimaranan
- Filipina Rodriguez
- Chita Jalandoni
- Gregoria Buenaventura
- Elsie Walican

Investigators found that the officials conspired with former representatives Salacnib Baterina, Prospero Nograles, Marc Douglas Cagas IV and Thomas Dumpit, Jr. to use their PDAF to fund ghost projects, the Office of the Ombudsman said in a statement.

The Ombudsman said both the intended beneficiaries and suppliers of the supposed livelihood projects told investigators that they neither received nor released livelihood technology kits, grafted seedlings, hand tractors and water pumps, as declared in the projects.

"The respondents were found liable for various administrative offenses such as Grave Misconduct, Serious Dishonesty, and Conduct Prejudicial to the Best Interest of the Service," the statement read.

Respondents who have already resigned from public service were fined the equivalent of his or her annual salary.

Multiple counts of graft and malversation charges were also filed against the officials, the Ombudsman added.