PDAF scam whistleblower accused of graft posts bail

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 24 2017 05:47 PM

MANILA - Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam whistleblower Marina Sula on Thursday posted a P30,000 bail for the graft charge she is facing at the Sandiganbayan 3rd Division. 

Sula is co-accused in a graft case filed against former Palawan Provincial Agricultural Officer Rodolfo Guieb and Department of Agriculture Regional Executive Director Dennis Araullo for the purchase of 3,240 bottles of Fertigrow Liquid Fertilizer worth P4.86 million “despite the absence of public bidding.” 

Sula is the president of Masaganang Ani Para sa Magsasaka Foundation or MAMFI, which was given benefits because of the fertilizer contract “despite the absence of a public bidding in the procurement processes.” 

The supposed transaction happened in Palawan on May 27, 2004. 

Aside from Sula, other MAMFI incorporators who were charged by the Ombudsman were: Theresita Samson, Lorna Ramirez, Renato Ornopia, Cherry Ann Kilapkilap, Amalia Soriano and Luzviminda Castro. 

Sula is one of the whistleblowers in the multibillion peso PDAF scam involving her former boss, businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles, who allegedly funneled pork barrel funds to fake organizations in collusion with lawmakers. 

Sula is a prosecution witness and has been under the state's Witness Protection Program.