Sandiganbayan accepts prosecution’s evidence in ex-NorCot lawmaker’s case

Published January 8, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Czarina Nicole Ong-Ki

The Sandiganbayan Sixth Division has accepted the prosecution’s exhibits in the case filed against former Rep. Gregorio Tocmo Ipong of the 2nd District of North Cotabato involving the reportedly anomalous use of his P4.9 million priority development assistance fund (PDAF).

Sandiganbayan (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)
Sandiganbayan (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Ipong has been slapped with violations of Section 3(e) of R.A. 3019, the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, and Article 217 of the Revised Penal Code, when he endorsed Aaron Foundation Philippines Inc. (AFPI) as the beneficiary of his PDAF back on May 3, 2007.

He reportedly selected AFPI as “project partner” in implementing livelihood projects for his constituents even without undergoing public bidding, as required under R.A. 9184 and its implementing rules and regulations. Moreover, AFPI is unaccredited and unqualified to undertake the said projects.

On November 14, 2019, the anti-graft court issued a resolution and admitted into evidence the prosecution’s evidence despite objections made by the accused. Ipong then filed a motion for reconsideration, which the anti-graft court denied since his arguments were mere “reiterations” of his earlier objections.

“Although this Court admitted the prosecution’s exhibits into evidence, it has yet to determine the probative value of the same. If the aforementioned exhibits later turn out to be incompetent, this Court will disregard the same in resolving the present cases,” the resolution stated.

The two-page resolution was signed by Sixth Division Chairperson Sarah Jane Fernandez and Associate Justices Bayani Jacinto and Kevin Narce Vivero.

 
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