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After gathering sufficient evidence, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has filed plunder, malversation, bribery, graft, and corruption complaints against 38 individuals for their involvement in the P10-billion peso Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.
“In order to accomplish all this, the lawmakers took advantage and abused their official position and authority as Senators and Congressmen of the Republic, thereby unjustly enriching themselves at the expense and to the damage and prejudice of the people and the Republic,” read the NBI’s executive summary on the complaints. “The acts constituting the offenses were performed willfully, deliberately, and maliciously with the legislators knowing fully well that their act of receiving the large amounts of cash from Napoles for their private use resulted in the corresponding diminution of the funds actually expended for the public purpose intended by law.”
The scam’s alleged mastermind, Janet Lim-Napoles, was included in the complaints for plunder, malversation, and corruption of public officials, as well as the presidents of the non-government organizations (NGOs) she had formed.
Meanwhile the politicians who were charged with plunder are senators Juan Ponce Enrile, who allegedly received a total cut of P172,834,500 from the ghost projects his PDAF financed, Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., who got P224,512,500; and Jose “Jinggoy” Ejercito Estrada, who took P183,793,750. Former representatives Rizaline Seachon-Lanete and Edgar Valdez were also accused of taking off with kickbacks amounting to P108,405,000 and P56,087,500 respectively.
Three other former congressmen, Rodolfo Plaza, Samuel Dangwa, and Constantino Jaraula were also charged with malversation, direct bribery, and other graft and corrupt practices. Plaza was found to have pocketed P42,137,800 out of his P79,500,000 PDAF; Dangwa got P26,770,472 of his 54,000,000 PDAF; and Jaraula made off with P20,843,750 off his P50,500,000 funds.
A number of staff members of the involved politicians also face the same charges as their superiors. Also, several heads and employees of government-run corporations were likewise charged for either plunder or malversation, bribery, graft, and corruption after they were found to have been involved in the scam.
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