Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales ordered the dismissal of Sen. Emmanuel Joel Villanueva on his senate post after found guilty of administrative charges related to irregularities in the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) projects when he was a congressman back then and a representative of the Citizens' Battle Against Corruption (CIBAC) party-list.
Partners in CrimeAside from Villanueva, following were proven guilty of grave misconduct, serious dishonesty and conduct prejudicial to the interest of the service due to misuse of PDAF are;
- Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Arthur Yap
- Ronald Samonte, who was working with Villanueva
- DA employee Delia Ladera
- NABCOR representatives Alan Javellana, Romulo Relevo, Ma. Villaralvo-Julie Johnson, Rhodora Mendoza and Maria Niñez Guañizo
- and Aaron Foundation Philippines, Inc. (AFPI) President Alfredo Ronquillo.
The Seeds of CorruptionAccording to Morales, the dismissal order was supported by the Ombudsman investigators revealing Villanueva's involvement that in year 2008 the Department of Budget and Management issued a P10 million just to implement the fraud agri-based livelihood projects of Villanueva in Region XI.
When the fund was released in June 2008, Villanueva allegedly ordered Yap to deliver the funds to the implementing agency which was the National Agri-Business Corporation (NABCOR), while the AFPI was the NGO partner.
The respondents bought seeds of cabbage, radish, beans, okra, hybrid yellow corn seedlings, liquid fertilizers and threshers from MJ Rickson Trading Corporation to where these should be beneficial to the municipalities of Pantukan, Nabunturan, Tambongon, Bongabong, Napnapan, Mipangi, Anislagan at Magsaysay sa Compostela Valley Province.
Shady Business Dealings Exposed to PublicHowever, investigation exposed that seeds and equipment are not applicable to the farming area, learning that the ideal crops found growing on the area are mostly bananas and coconuts.
Furthermore, the submitted registered voters who were stated beneficiaries of the program have no records, didn't match to any residents living in those places.
Also, local officials confirmed that there was none, not even one agri-based livelihood projects in the mentioned subjected areas.
AFPI has no financial capability to implement the project, especially with only P68,000 capital stock contribution.
Plus, the supplier MJ Rickson cannot be found on its given address in Malabon City and such business name is not registered in the DTI.