|DISMISSED Masbate Governor Rizalina Seachon-Lanete and TRC CHIEF Dennis Cunanan|
QUEZON CITY — The Office of the Ombudsman dismissed from the service on October 9 former Congresswoman and now Masbate Gov. Rizalina Seachon-Lanete for the anomalous utilization of her Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) totalling P112.29 million from 2007 to 2009.
Aside from Lanete, also ordered dismissed from the service were Technology Resource Center (TRC) executives, namely: Dennis Cunanan, Marivic Jover and Consuelo Lilian Espiritu; National Agri-Business Corporation (NABCOR) official Victor Roman Cacal; and National Livelihood Development Corporation (NLDC) representatives, namely: Gondelina Amata, Chita Jalandoni, Emmanuel Alexis Sevidal, Ofelia Ordoñez, Sofia Cruz, Filipina Rodriguez and Gregoria Buenaventura.
Lanete and her co-accused are facing charges for plunder and multiple counts of violation of Section 3(e) of Republic Act No. 3019, or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act before the Sandiganbayan. It is expected that they will contest the Ombudsman’s decision.
Lanete’s PDAF from 2007 to 2009 were issued through 11 Special Allotment Release Orders (SAROs) with the TRC, NLDC and NABCOR as implementing agencies, and released to Napoles-NGOs.
Investigations showed that the PDAF was never used for the intended agricultural and livelihood projects as the documents submitted such as disbursement vouchers, progress and accomplishment reports, fund utilization, inspection and delivery reports, and certificates of acceptance were all fabricated.