Published: Friday 11 August, 2017

Sen. Gringo Honasan Faces Arrest Over P30 Million Pork Barrel Misuse in 2012

An arrest warrant has been issued for Senator Gringo Honasan. The Sandiganbayan ordered the arrest of Gringo for graft over the questionable use of his pork barrel funds in 2012 amounting to P30 million. The violation falls under graft because the amount in question is under P50 million.

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Sen. Gringo Honasan will be arrested tomorrow for graft charges. (YouTube screen grab)

Gringo Honasan will be served his arrest warrant Friday. His co-accused posted bail on Thursday afternoon but the senator did not. According to the Sandiganbayan chief sheriff, Albert dela Cruz, Honasan’s warrant of arrest has already been transmitted to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

Honasan should post bail first thing in the morning of Friday if he wants to evade arrest.

The Office of the Ombudsman filed charges of graft against Honasan on August 1 and it was raffled off in the Sandiganbayan on August 4. In its ruling, the Sandiganbayan Second Division said it found probable cause “to hold the accused in this case for trial and issue a warrant of arrest for them.”

Named as Honasan’s co-accused were National Commission for Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) officials former Secretary Mehol Sadain, Chief Accountant Fedelina Aldanese, Director III Galay Makalinggan, Acting Chief Aurora Aragon-Mabang, and Cashier Olga Galido; Honasan’s political affairs chief Michael Benjamin; and Giovanni and Salvador Gaerlan of Focus on Development Goals Foundation Inc., the project partner of NCMF.

In its ruling, the Ombudsman said Honasan released P30 million from his pork barrel to the National Council of Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) to finance livelihood projects for Muslim communities without complying with the procurement regulations.

The senator, however, denied the allegations. “I am completely innocent of the charges against me. All my life, I have fought everything I am accused of, and I will continue to do so,” Honasan said.