MANILA - The Office of the Ombudsman has found probable cause to file one count of violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act against former Iloilo Rep. Rolex Suplico at the Sandiganbayan for alleged anomalous utilization of his Priority Development Assistance Fund.
In 2007, Suplico supposedly released P14.7 million to a non-government organization named AARON Foundation through the then government implementing agency Technology Livelihood Resource Center.
The Office of the Ombudsman said the PDAF was intended for livelihood projects for the 5th district of Iloilo but the Commission on Audit found out that the funds were unliquidated.
“There is no evidence showing that respondent Suplico exerted efforts to ensure that AARON liquidated the P14,700,000.00 which could only mean that he benefitted from the transaction or that he was grossly negligent,” the resolution of the Office of the Ombudsman said.
It was also discovered that AARON Foundation had no business permit since 2004 and that its business address points to a vacant lot.
Also facing graft charges with Suplico are former TLRC Director General Antonio Ortiz and AARON Foundation President Alfredo Ronquillo.