OMB dismisses 9 PDAF, Malampaya scam cohorts
The Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) has ordered the dismissal from the service of nine executives from the National Council for Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), and the office of former Senator Gregorio Honasan for their alleged involvement in the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and Malampaya scams.
Found guilty of grave misconduct and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service were NCMF Secretary Mehol Sadain, Accounting Chief Fedelina Aldanese, Director Galay Makalinggan, Division Chief Sania Busran, Acting Division chief Aurora Aragon-Mabang and cashier Olga Galido, and Michael Benjamin, the political affairs chief of former Sen. Honasan.
The Ombudsman filed in September last year graft charges with the Sandiganbayan against Honasan and NCMF officials over the same case.
The Ombudsman said Sadain and the other accused “participated in the preparation, processing and approval of the memorandum of agreement and the PDAF documents governing the project implementation and fund releases to Focus Development Goals Foundation, as NGO partner.”