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Ombudsman orders Joel Villanueva’s dismissal over P10-M pork barrel scam

The Ombudsman has ordered the dismissal from service of former CIBAC party list lawmaker and now Senator Emmanuel Joel Villanueva after he was found guilty of grave misconduct, serious dishonesty and conduct prejudicial to the interest of the service.

The Ombudsman has directed Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III to implement the dismissal order against Villanueva, ABS-CBN News reported.

Villanueva is set to face trial before the Sandiganbayan for two counts of violation of Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (Republic Act No. 3019), one count each for Malversation of Public Funds and Malversation thru Falsification of Public Documents.

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales said the dismissal order was approved after Villanueva and nine others were found liable for the misuse of the lawmaker’s 2008 Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

Two days later, or on 12 June 2008, Villanueva requested then Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Arthur Yap to release the amount to the National Agri-business Corporation (NABCOR), as Implementing Agency (IA), with the AFPI as NGO-partner.

On 19 June 2008, a Memorandum of Agreement was entered into between Yap, as DA representative, and the NABCOR.

To utilize the P10 million PDAF, respondents purchased pechay, radish, sitaw, okra, hybrid yellow corn seedlings, liquid fertilizers and threshers from MJ Rickson Trading Corporation. The items procured were supposed to benefit the residents of the municipalities of Pantukan, Nabunturan, Tambongon, Bongabong, Napnapan, Mipangi, Anislagan and Magsaysay in the Compostela Valley province.




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