Honasan posts bail over PDAF graft charges

Sen. Gregorio Honasan

Sen. Gregorio Honasan

"The Court finds that there is sufficient probable cause to hold the accused in this case for trial and issue a warrant of arrest for them", the Sandiganbayan Second Division resolution said.

Anti-graft court Sandiganbayan on Thursday issued a warrant of arrest against the Senator over the alleged misuse of his P29.1-million Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel in 2012.

"I am completely innocent of the charges against me".

"All my life I have fought everything I am accused of, and I will continue to do so", he said in a statement Thursday.

The other senators charged for PDAF misuse are former senators Ramon Revilla Jr., Jinggoy Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile, who were charged in 2014 with plunder and graft for allegedly pocketing kickbacks from purported ghost PDAF projects.

Ombudsman prosecutors last week filed two graft informations against Honasan for violations of Section 3 (e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act over the alleged anomalous use of his P30 million Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF) in 2012.

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Senator Gringo Honasan voluntarily turned himself in Friday morning and was subsequently arrested by the Laguna cops at their headquarters here but immediately posted the Php 60,000 bail for the two counts of graft case at the Sandiganbayan.

The Office of the Ombudsman filed two graft charges against Honasan for violations of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

Likewise ordered arrested are Honasan's coordinator Michael Benjamin and former officials of the National Council for Muslim Filipino (NCMF), namely: Mehol Sadain, Fedelina Aldanese, Galay Makalinggan, Aurora Aragon-Mabang and Olga Galido.

The anti-graft court said the accused may post bail at P30,000 for their temporary liberty.

The Ombudsman built a case against the alleged misuse of P30 million released by the Department of Budget and Management for Honasan's Priority Development Assistance Fund meant to finance small and medium enterprise livelihood projects to benefit Muslim communities in Zambales and the National Capital Region, with the National Council of Muslim Filipinos as implementing agency. "Laguna and was brought to this Court", Judge Solis said in his order.

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