MANILA (UPDATE) —The Sandiganbayan First Division on Friday said it found businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles, former Congressman Constantino Jaraula, and 3 others guilty of graft and malversation of public funds in relation to the pork barrel scam.
Besides Napoles and Jaraula, Maria Rosalinda Lacsamana, Belina Concepcion and Mylene Encarnacion were also found guilty.
All were charged with three counts of violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, and another three counts of malversation of public funds.
For the charges of violating the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, they were sentenced with imprisonment from 6 years to 10 years, while they were sentenced with imprisonment from 12 years to 18 years for the crime of malversation of public funds.
Napoles and the others have also been ordered to indemnify the national government and return P28.8 million. They were likewise disqualified from holding any public office.
They were also asked to pay another P28.8 million in fines for malversation of public funds.
Francis Figura, Marivic Jover and Maurine Dimaranan, who were also employees of the Technology Resource Center, were acquitted of graft charges, but were asked to return P28.8 million.
Besides graft and malversation charges, Jaraula was also found guilty of three counts of direct bribery, and was sentenced to imprisonment of between 4 to 9 years.
He was ordered to pay P6 million in fines.
Meanwhile, Rosalinda Salamida Nunez, Lalain Narag Paule and Marilou Dialino Bare, former employees of the Deparment of Budget and Management, were acquitted of all charges.
All cases were related to the alleged misuse of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) by lawmakers and public officials, who allegedly pocketed around P9.6 million in public funds.
Jaraula was the representative of Cagayan de Oro City, while Concepcion and Encarnacion were officers of the Technology Resource Center.
Both Napoles and Encarnacion are private individuals and are presidents of JLN Corp. and Countrywide Agri and Rural Economic Development Foundation, respectively.
- with a report from Joyce Balancio, ABS-CBN News
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