Sandiganbayan sets arraignment of Andaya, Pangandaman over ‘pork’ scam to May 11

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Camarines Sur Representative Rolando Andaya Jr. and Masui City, Lanao del Sur Mayor Nasser Pangandaman are set to be arraigned this May over his involvement in the P900-million Malampaya fund scam.

The Sandiganbayan 3rd Division set the arraignment date to May 11 after cancelling an earlier schedule due to pending motions of Andaya and his co-accused.

Also to be arraigned with them is alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles.

They have been with 97 counts with graft and malversation of public funds through falsification of public documents.

Under the charges, the defendants are accused of having diverted to ghost projects the P900 million from the Malampaya fund allocated by Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) between 2009 to 2010.

During the period, the funds were allegedly coursed through the non-government organizations (NGOs) of Napoles.

Andaya, when he was still Budget secretary at this time, allegedly approved the request of DAR, then under Pangandaman as Agriculture secretary, to release the funds without undergoing review by the DBM’s budget and management bureau.

Pangandaman also allegedly received commissions from Napoles for the release of the P900 million to the NGOs without validating the regularity and legality of the claim or obligation.

While, Napoles allegedly used her NGOs for the implementation of ghost and non-existent projects.