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Sandigan convicts Napoles, Jaraula

They will be facing charges for three counts of graft and three counts of malversation, punishable by 36 to 108 years of imprisonment.

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JANET Lim Napoles in one of the court hearings she attended related to the massive corruption scandal that involved politicians’ ‘pork barrel funds’. / NOEL CELIS/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

The Sandiganbayan First Division has affirmed the conviction of Janet Lim Napoles and former Cagayan de Oro Rep. Constantino Jaraula for graft and malversation.

In a decision released Friday, the two were found guilty after allegedly obtaining P20.8 million worth of kickbacks from Jaraula’s pork barrel supposedly intended for non-governmental organizations.

They will be facing charges for three counts of graft and three counts of malversation, punishable by 36 to 108 years of imprisonment.
The two, nevertheless, are allowed to appeal their conviction.

Jaraula was also found guilty of three counts of direct bribery.

The decision was written by the same judicial panel — composed of Associate Justices Edgardo Caldona, Efren de la Cruz and Geraldine Faith Econg — which acquitted Senator Bong Revilla from plunder.

Napoles, the alleged mastermind of the P10-billion pork barrel scam, is currently jailed at the Correctional Institute for Women after she was earlier convicted of plunder for allegedly embezzling P224 worth of Revilla’s Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

The businesswoman has other pending plunder trials over her alleged role in the PDAF scam of former Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada.

The complaints stemmed from principal whistleblower Benhur Luy who claimed of personally delivering commissions from bogus government projects to Jaraula.

Jaraula allegedly received P50.5 million of PDAF from 2004 to 2007 from fake projects under Napoles’ bogus foundation.

Under the law, a public officer can be guilty of malversation if one has misappropriated allocations which one has control.

Jaraula allegedly received P50.5 million of PDAF from 2004 to 2007 from fake projects under Napoles’ bogus foundation.

Meanwhile, one can be guilty of graft when a public official gives any private party any unwarranted benefit, advantage or preference causing undue injury to the government.

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