Ex-Leyte congressman charged over P24-M PDAF ghost projectPosted on
MANILA, Philippines—- The former Representative of the 3rd of Leyte is facing graft charges over his P24-million Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).
This after the Office of the Ombudsman found probable cause to charge Eduardo Veloso before the Sandiganbayan for two counts of violation of Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (Republic Act No. 3019) and two counts of Malversation.
In 2007, Veloso received P24,200,000.00 from the Department of Budget and Management for his share in the PDAF.
Veloso stated that the the funds would be used for livelihood and development projects for his constituents in the 3rd district.
Audit documents showed that Veloso specifically requested the Technology Resource Center (TRC) as implementing agency with Aaron Foundation Philippines, Inc. (AFPI) as NGO-partner.
Having failed to establish the project beneficiaries and there being no liquidation documents, the Ombudsman found probable cause to charge Veloso, together with TRC executives Antonio Ortiz, Dennis Cunanan, Marivic Jover, Francisco Figura and Maria Rosalinda Lacsamana.
In its Resolution, the Ombudsman stated that “the concerned TRC officers did not even bother to conduct a due diligence audit on AFPI as to its capability or qualification to undertake the livelihood project. Instead, they accepted the sole representation of Congressman Veloso and AFPI to undertake the projects in contravention on existing procurement laws and regulations.”