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Ombudsman orders filing of charges vs ex-Caloocan solon

  • Written by Cory Martinez
  • Published in Metro
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Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales has ordered the filing of charges against former  Caloocan 2nd
District Rep. Luis Asistio before the Sandiganbayan for his involvement in the Priority Development
Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.

Asistio is facing four counts of violation of Section 3(e) of Republic Act 3019 (Anti-Graft and
Corrupt Practices Act), two counts each of malversation and malversation through falsification of public
documents charges.
    
Aside from Asistio, also facing the same charges are former officials from the Department of
Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Esperanza Cabral, Mateo Montaño, Leonila Hayahay; and Cenon Mayor
of the Kaloocan Assistance Council, Inc. (KACI).
    
The cases stemmed from the disbursement of vouchers approved by Asistio for inexistent projects
during his term as congressman from 2004 to 2010.
    
Records showed that during his term, Asistio continuously endorsed the implementation of his
PDAF-funded Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Services (CIDSS) programs to KACI.
    
From 2006 to 2007, a total of P15 million covered by two Special Allotment Release Orders was
taken from his PDAF and released to the DSWD as implementing agency. Of the P15 million, P8 million was
transferred to KACI through the DSWD.
    
In two memoranda of agreement dated June 1, 2006 and Dec. 27, 2006, Asistio, Cabral and Mayor
agreed to transfer P8 million to KACI for the implementation of the CIDSS program in the 2nd district of
Caloocan.
    
The funds were allegedly used to procure various medical supplies and soldering parts, meals,
chemicals for fumigation, diesel, baby oil, alcohol bottles, tarpaulins, T-shirts and kit bags.
    
Upon investigation, the Ombudsman found that KACI’s incorporators and officers are the
congressman’s former political coordinators, volunteers and supporters and that its office was located
on the same property as Asistio’s office.
    
On the other hand, the Commission on Audit (COA) found that the selection of the NGO was not
compliant with COA Circular No. 2007-001 and Government Procurement Policy Board Resolution No. 12-2007;
the suppliers and reported beneficiaries were unknown or cannot be located at their given addresses; and
the NGO submitted questionable documents or failed to liquidate or fully document the utilization of
funds.
    
The Ombudsman also discovered that the alleged supplier, Silver A Enterprises, is a bogus entity
with no records from the local government, Department of Trade and Industry, or with the Bureau of
Internal Revenue.