BIÒAN CITY, Laguna — Senator Gringo Honasan voluntarily turned himself, Friday morning at the Laguna police headquarters here and posted the P60,000 bail for the two counts of graft case at the Sandiganbayan.
The solon voluntarily turned himself following the Sandiganbayan order to arrest him for charges of two counts of graft for alleged irregularities in the disbursement of P30 million from his pork barrel funds in 2012.
Honasan arrived at the police station at around 7 a.m. accompanied by his lawyer Dennis Manalo.
He was met by Police Regional Office (PRO4A)-Calabarzon Regional Director Chief Superintendent Ma. O R. Aplasca, Laguna Provincial Police Director Senior Supt. Cecilio Ison Jr. and Biñan City chief of police Supt. Elpidio Ramirez.
The senator also underwent the routine booking procedures at the police station.
After the processing, Honasan’s group went to the office of Judge Teodoro Solis, Executive Judge of the Regional Trial Court Branch 25 in this city where he posted P60,000 bail for the two counts of graft.
Honasan maintained innocence saying: “All my life I have fought everything I am accused of, and I will continue to do so.”
Citing documents from June 2012, the Ombudsman said Honasan endorsed to the non-government organization Focus Development Goals Foundation Inc. for the fund releasebut allegedly failed to meet procurement requirements.
The budget department had released Honasan’s Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), with the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) as the implementing agency, for the disbursement to the NGO supposedly for livelihood projects for Muslim communities in Metro Manila and Zambales.
Aside from Honasan, the Sandiganbayan also ordered the arrest of his political affairs chief Michael Benjamin; NCMF Secretary Mehol Sadain; NCMF officials Fedelina Aldanese, Galay Makalinggan, Aurora Aragon-Mabang, and Olga Galido; and Focus Development Goals Foundation Inc. officers Giovannie Manuel Gaerlan and Salvador Gaerlan. Roselle Aquino/PNA