Monday, October 22, 2018

Senator Joel Villanueva Faces Dismissal From Service


Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales slapped Senator Emmanuel Joel Villanueva with dismissal from government service due to misused and abused of Priority Development Assistance Fund projects during the senator’s term as party-list representative.

A post at the official facebook page of the Office of Ombudsman, it said that Villanueva was found guilty of “grave misconduct, serious dishonesty and conduct prejudicial to the interest of service.”

The resolution stated that Villanueva and nine others are liable for P10 million in PDAF funds allocated for the agri-based livelihood projects in the various congressional districts in Region XI in 2008.

The senator is set to face trial before the Sandiganbayan in violation of the anti-graft and corrupt practices act and one count each for malversation of public funds and falsification of public documents.

The P10million PDAF was spent on purchasing pechay, radish, sitaw, okra, hybrid yellow corn seedlings, liquid fertilizers and threshers where respondents contracted MJ Rickson Trading Corporation as supplier.

However, investigation revealed that MJ Rickson could not be located in its business address in Martiniko Street, Malabon City and was not even licensed by the Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority nor registered with the Department of Trade and Industry.

The items procured are supposed to be distributed to the beneficiaries living in the municipalities of Pantukan, Nabunturan, Tambongon, Bongabong, Napnapan, Mipangi, Anislagan and Magsaysay in the Compostela Valley province.

But field validators and investigators found out that the said localities were not suitable for farming as the vast majority of land is dedicated to banana and coconut plantations; no one in the list of beneficiaries was a registered voter or resident of the providence; and local officials attested and certified Aaron Foundation (AFPI) has not implemented agri-based livelihood projects.”

Documents also disclosed that AFPI’s capital stock then was only P68,000 therefore it has no financial capability to implement the P10million project.

Likewise, the respondents also fabricated the supporting documents such as: accomplishment reports, disbursement reports, acceptance reports, and liquidation documents.

The Commission on Audit also disallowed the P10million transaction and immediately issued a Notice of Disallowance on August 12, 2014 due to several irregularities.


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