The Ombudsman has ordered the indictment of former Congressman Prospero Nograles for graft, malversation of funds, and malversation thru falsification of public documents.
The cases against Nograles, a long-time Davao congressman and former House Speaker, stemmed from the P47.5 million Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of Cong. Danilo Lagbas that was released from 2007 to 2009. Lagbas died in 2008.
The P47.5 million fund was allotted for livelihood project for the First District of Misamis Oriental.
The beneficiaries, however, did not receive the livelihood technology kits and materials, as well as the seedlings, hand tractors, and water pumps.
Also ordered indicted are Nograles’ Chief of Staff Jennifer Karen Lagbas and Chief Public Affairs Officer Danilo Jamito, along with Allan Javellana, Encarnita Cristina Munsod, Romulo Relevo, Ma. Julie Villaralvo-Johnson, Rhodora Mendoza, Gondelina Amata, Evelyn Sucgang, Emmanuel Alexis Sevidal, Ofelia Ordoñez, Sofia Cruz, Antonio Ortiz, Dennis Cunanan, Marivic Jover, Ma. Rosalinda Lacsamana, Marilou Antonio, Godofredo Roque, Maria Paz Vega, Marilou Ferrer, Rodrigo Doria, Flerida Alberto, Miraflor Villanueva, Melinda Guerrero, and Carmelita Barredo.