Former Budget Secretary Abad & DPWH Sec. Singson Charged with Plunder & Graft Over P7.8 Billion RROW

Two appointees of former Pres. Aquino, former Budget Secretary Florencio "Butch" Abad, former Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Rogelio Singson and several key officials of the DPWH in Region 12 have been charged with plunder and graft over their alleged involvement in the controversial P7.8 billion illegal transactions on the Road Right of Way (RROW) just compensation claims.

Also charged at the Office of the Ombudsman were DPWH Assistant Secretary Roy L. Manao, Reynaldo S. Tamayo, DPWH Region 12 director, General Santos City Register of Deeds (ROD) Peter Armand Henares, former RODs Benjamin F. Bayan and Edgar Pampanga; and DPWH personnel Nilson Ti, Wilma Mamburam, Lisa L. Bag-ao and Marciano G. Herrera of the DPWH in Koronadal; Aristeo O. Reyes, Patrick B. Gatan, Evelyn Paloso, Rudy Hadji Ong, Mangalamba D. Hadji Ali, and Wilfredo B. Tecson, Nashef A. Panpandayan and Nuraisa U. Abdullah. Laureano B. Suan, DPWH director III in Koronadal, Jaime A. Pacanan, Marissa Teongson Seguirre, William P. Uy, Jose Emilio Valentin, Venerando B. Homez, and Paul Michael Baguio were also included in the charge sheet.

One of the accused, General Santos City Register of Deeds (ROD) Peter Armand Henares, told The Manila Times in an exclusive interview that former DPWH Secretary Singson, Budget Secretary Abad and the other respondents were also accused of violating the Anti-Red Tape Act.

The criminal complaint filed at the Office of the Ombudsman was initiated by Danilo Hassan of the Inc., a non-government organization (NGO) based in Manila.

GenSan ROD Henares explained that the RROW just compensation claims were among the land titles his predecessors registered.

He was quoted as saying "Though I am one of the 24 respondents being charged before the Ombudsman, I am manifesting that the registration of the fake land titles was not done under my stint of office because I assumed office only in July of 2014 and the processing and registration of the land titles were dated 2012 and 2013,” he said.

Based upon the documents provided to the media, the top DPWH officials allegedly used their positions to disburse the funds of the RROW just compensation claims by conspiring with ROD officials and some big financiers.

The documents also showed that the financirs shouldered the cost of the processing of the RROW application and documentation while conniving ROD officials manipulated the registration without examining the papers submitted.

The complainant alleged that about 300 just compensation claims are pending approval with each claim amounting to P20 million. The P7.8 Billion RROW case filed against the officials of the previous Aquino administration is considered as one of the few graft cases that needs the public attentions particularly on social media.

Source: PIA

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