MANILA—The Sandiganbayan 2nd Division on Tuesday started hearing the two graft cases of Senator Gringo Honasan, as government prosecutors presented two witnesses.
Charito Santos, of the Quezon City business permits and licensing office, and Marissa Santos, of the central records division of the Department of Budget and Management, were called to the witness stand.
Their testimonies were dispensed with, however, as both the prosecution and the defense stipulated on the existence of the documents they were supposed to identify.
Honasan is facing two counts of graft for alleged irregularities in the disbursement of P30 million from his pork barrel funds in 2012 meant supposedly for livelihood projects for Muslim communities in the National Capital Region and Zambales.
Based on the charges filed by the Ombudsman, Honasan endorsed the non-government organization Focus Development Goals without complying with procurement requirements.
Honasan was not present during the first day of his trial.
The court scheduled the next hearings on January 28 and 29, Monday and Tuesday.