Sandiganbayan denies Honasan's plea to dismiss PDAF case

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 31 2017 05:07 PM

MANILA - The Sandiganbayan has denied Sen. Gregorio Honasan's motion to dismiss 2 graft cases against him in connection with the alleged Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.

In an Oct. 27 resolution, the anti-graft court's 2nd division said Honasan's motion aims for a re-determination of probable cause, which the court is not allowed to do under the Supreme Court's revised rules.

The court already found probable cause against Honasan on Aug. 7. The senator's motion for reconsideration sought to reverse the earlier denial of his motion to quash the arrest warrant against him. 

"The Court correctly read and interpreted movant’s motion as one for judicial determination or re-determination of probable cause," the Sandiganbayan said.

Honasan is facing 2 counts of graft for the alleged misuse of his P30 million PDAF in 2012 by channeling funds illegally to non-government organization Focus Development Goals Foundation.

The fund was intended for small and medium enterprises and projects for Muslims in Metro Manila and Zambales. It was coursed through the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos.

The Office of the Ombudsman alleged that the project did not comply with procurement requirements and that checks and vouchers showed that Honasan facilitated payments in 2 tranches.

The anti-graft court ordered Honasan's arrest on Aug. 10. The senator posted bail a day later as he asserted innocence.