MANILA - The Office of the Ombudsman has found probable cause to charge former Leyte representative Eduardo Veloso with graft and malversation for the alleged misuse of his P24-million Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).
In a statement released Tuesday, the Ombudsman said Veloso received the fund in 2007 for livelihood and development projects for his constituents.
On Veloso's request, the PDAF was coursed to the non-goverment organization Aaron Foundation Philippines through the Technology Resource Center (TRC).
Field investigation however revealed that the fund was never used for the intended programs, which were discovered to be ghost projects, the Ombudsman said.
The Commission on Audit also observed that the NGO had no financial capability to undertake the project, as it had a measly capital stock contribution of only P68,000.
"Having failed to establish the project beneficiaries and there being no liquidation documents, the Ombudsman found probable cause to charge Veloso," the Ombudsman said.
Also charged were TRC executives Antonio Ortiz, Dennis Cunanan, Marivic Jover, Francisco Figura and Maria Rosalinda Lacsamana. -- With Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News