June 27, 2017, 10:05 pm
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Ex-La Union solon faces 18 criminal raps

FORMER La Union Rep. Tomas Dumpit Jr. is facing 18 criminal charges before the Sandiganbayan over allegations of fraudulent use of his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) totaling P43.65 million between February 2009 and April 2010.

The cases, consisting of nine counts each of violations of RA 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and malversation of public funds, likewise named 21 other defendants.

Included in the charges were Dumpit’s political affairs staff Elsie Walican, and eight officers of the National Livelihood Development Corporation (NLDC) together with 12 private individuals.

Private persons who were named in the cases were from Kabuhayan and Kalusugang Alaysa Masa Foundation Inc. (KKAMFI).

Based on the information filed by graft investigation and prosecution officer M.A. Christian Uy, Dumpit’s PDAF was released to the NLDC which merely served a conduit even if it was supposed to be the implementing agency for the lawmaker’s livelihood projects.

From NLDC, the PDAF sums were transferred to KKAMFI, an NGO, which prosecutors found to be unqualified due to lack of track record for such projects.

The Office of the Ombudsman said KKAMFI officers, with the help of other private respondents, falsified documents to make it appear that the projects were completed. Auditors would later report that no such projects were undertaken and the money was funneled into the pockets of the accused.  
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