Ex-Nabcor head asks SC to junk graft cases

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

FORMER National Agribusiness Corporation (Nabcor) president Alan Javellana said Wednesday that he acted "in good faith" in dealing with the pork barrel-funded projects of three senators, which turned out to be non-existent.

Turning to the Supreme Court (SC) for help, Javellana urged the justices in a petition to stop his trial for graft, citing grave abuse of discretion on the part of the Office of the Ombudsman, which indicted him before the Sandiganbayan.

He said he was never part of the scam involving alleged mastermind Janet Napoles and detained Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada and Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr.

He also denied receiving money as reward for signing the memorandum of agreement, checks and vouchers in relation to the implementation of the projects charged to the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of the three senators.

"He (Javellana) signed the documents after he has determined that all direct requisite verifications and endorsements required the rules and procedure have been satisfied," the petition read, adding the documents were scrutinized by employees Victor Cacal and Rhodora Mendoza before they reach Javellana's desk.

"Thus, the petitioner cannot be faulted as he relied on the work of his subordinates in the processing of these documents. Further, post audit findings did not indicate that the liquidation documents were fake. Accordingly, petitioner cannot be faulted for negligence or bad faith," Javellana said.

He also accused the Ombudsman of failure to allege that he was aware or should have been aware of any information that would warn him not to sign the documents related to Napoles’ transactions.

Javellana was identified by main whistleblower Benhur Luy as one of three officials from implementing agencies who received 10-percent commission for his role in the PDAF releases to Napoles’ fake non-government organizations (NGOs), which carried out the projects.

The other officials were Javellana's co-accused Technology Resource Center (TRC) chief on-leave Dennis Cunanan and his predecessor Antonio Ortiz. (Sunnex)

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