Court says Rep. Biazon's arraignment on graft to proceed

Carolyn Bonquin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 18 2016 02:18 PM

Muntinlupa City Congressman Ruffy Biazon. Photo by Lito Diaz for ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Muntinlupa Rep. Ruffy Biazon's arraignment on graft charges will proceed in September after an anti-graft court on Thursday denied his appeal to drop the charge.

Biazon was accused of pocketing P1.9 million from P3 million in "pork barrel" or discretionary funds that was funneled to fake organizations owned by businesswoman janet Lim-Napoles.

The lawmaker had asked the Sandiganbayan 7th Division to reconsider its decision that found probable cause to charge him with graft, malversation and direct bribery.

Biazon argued that his priority development assistance fund (PDAF) was released to the Technology Resource Center, which said he was not accountable over the funds.

But the court disagreed, saying: "It is well-established that a public officer who is not an accountable officer may still be held liable for malversation if he/she conspires with an accountable public officer to commit malversation."

Aside from Biazon, the consolidated motion for reconsideration of his co-accused Mario Relampagos, Rosario Nuñez, Lalaine Paule and Marilou Bare was denied.

The arraignment of all accused in Biazon's case will proceed on September 6, 2016.