Fuente­bella cou­ple ac­cused of fund mis­use be­fore Om­buds­man

Manila Bulletin - - Front Page - By JUN RAMIREZ

A com­plaint for mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of pub­lic funds has been filed with the Om­bud­saman against former House Speaker Ar­nulfo Fuente­bella, his wife Mayor Eve­lyn Fuente­bella of San­gay, Ca­marines Sur, and a cer­tain Fidelis Apalisok.

The anti-cor­rup­tion group Ze­ro­Tol­er­ance.Org filed the crimi-

nal com­plaint on Tues­day with the Of­fice of the Deputy Om­buds­man for Lu­zon.

Fuente­bella was charged with mis­ap­pro­pri­at­ing pub­lic funds dur­ing his terms as Ca­marines Sur con­gress­man. He is also ac­cused of mis­dec­la­ra­tion of his State­ment of As­sets and Li­a­bil­i­ties and Net­worth (SALN). The cou­ple wasac­cused of ac­cu­mu­lat­ing more than 186 mil­lion while in pub­lic of­fice.

The group charged that the mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion, malver­sa­tion, and mis­use of pub­lic funds in the con­struc­tion of a multi-pur­pose build­ing, and other in­fra­struc­tures worth some 10.9 mil­lion in the fam­ily’s prop­erty in Sag­nay, Ca­marines Sur; con­struc­tion of a sports com­plex, roads, and an­other multi-pur­pose build­ing worth 28.7 mil­lion, in the fam­ily-owned Abo Farm in Ti­gaon, Ca­marines Sur; and con­struc­tion of an ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem in an­other pri­vately owned es­tate in Ti­gaon town amount­ing to 5.6 mil­lion.

Ze­ro­Tol­er­ance.Org said the prop­er­ties were reg­is­tered in the name of Apalisok.

Part of its ini­tial re­search came from the Com­mis­sion on Au­dit (COA) Spe­cial Au­dits Of­fice (SAO) re­port on “Pri­or­ity De­vel­op­ment As­sis­tance Fund (PDAF).

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