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By Christine Fel Viernes

They were supposed to make laws for our land, but now they are being tried by the law.

Opposition Senators Jinggoy Estrada, Ramon Revilla Jr., and Juan Ponce Enrile are now facing plunder charges filed by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), and Atty. Levito D. Baligod, as private complainant, to the Ombudsman on Monday afternoon.
The senators have repeatedly voiced out their innocence after their names were dragged into the 10-billion pork barrel scam, but the NBI said they have found sufficient evidence after their thorough investigation on the scam.

Janet Lim Napoles, who was allegedly the brain behind the scam, and the owner of the JLN Group of Companies, is also facing charges of plunder, malversation, and corruption of public officials.

Aside from the three senators and Napoles, two lawmakers are also facing plunder charges namely, former Congresswoman now Masbate Governor Rizalina Seachon-Lanete, and former Congressman Edgar Valdez.

Also recommended to be charged in the complaints are some of the lawmakers’ chiefs-of-staff, or representatives, the heads and other officials of three implementing agencies, and the several presidents of the NGOs set up by Napoles.

Aside from the plunder charges, the NBI has also filed charges of malversation, direct bribery, and other graft and corrupt practices against former Agusan del Sur Congressman Rodolfo Plaza, former Benguet Congressman Samuel Dangwa, and former Cagayan de Oro Congressman Constantino Jaraula.

The chiefs-of-staff, or representatives included are the following: Enrile’s chief-of-staff, Atty. Jessica Lucila Reyes; Revilla’s staff, Atty. Richard Cambe; Enrile and Estrada’s representative, Ruby Tuason; Estrada’s staff, Pauline Labayen; Lanete’s chief-of-staff,  Jose Sumalpong; Lanete’s district staff, Jeanette dela Cruz; Dangwa’s chief-of-staff, Erwin Dangwa; and Dangwa’s staff, Carlos Lozada.

The Heads of Agencies charged for either plunder or malversation, bribery, graft, and corrupt practices are former President of National Agribusinees Corp. (NABCOR), Alan Javellana; National Livelihood Development Corporation (NLDC) President Gondelina Amata; former Director General of Technology Resource Corporation (TRC), Antonio Ortiz; Director General (TRC), Dennis Cunanan; and Assistant Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Salvador Salacup.

The Napoles NGO Presidents included in the complaint on charges of plunder, as well as malversation are Jocelyn Piorato of Agricultura Para sa Magbubukid Foundation, Inc. (APMFI), Nemesio Pablo of Agri and Economic Program for Farmers Foundation, Inc. (AEPFFI), Mylene Encarnacion of Countrywide Agri and Rural Economic and Development Foundation, Inc. (CARED), John Raymund De Asis of Kaupdanan Para sa Mangunguma Foundation, Inc. (KPMFI), Evelyn Deleon of Philippine Social Development Foundation, Inc. (PSDFI), and  Ronald John Lim of Ginintuang Alay sa Magsasaka Foundation, Inc. (GAMFI).

The implementing agency officials and employees largely involved in plunder or malversation, bribery, graft, and corrupt practices by conspiracy are Victor Cacal, Romulo Revelo, Ma. Ninez Guanizo, Julie Johnson, and Rodhora Mendoza of NABCOR; Alexis Sevidal, Sofia Cruz, and Chila Jalandoni of NLDC and; Francisco Figura and Marivic Jover of TRC.

Source: Official Gazette 

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