Court of Appeals upholds dismissal of Cotabato solon over pork barrel scam

July 14, 2019

THE Court of Appeals (CA) upheld the dismissal of former North Cotabato vice governor and second district Representative Gregorio Ipong for alleged  “pork barrel” scam.

The CA affirmed its November ruling sustaining the Office of the Ombudsman’s 2016 dismissal order against Ipong in connection with the alleged misuse of his P4.9 million pork barrel funds.

The CA denied for lack of merit the former lawmaker’s motion for reconsideration because it failed to raise new arguments to warrant the reversal of the original ruling.

“There being no new matters raised that would warrant a reversal or modification of the said Decision, the said motion is hereby denied for lack of merit,”the  CA ruling stated.

According to the CA, the Ombudsman did not err when it first came up with the dismissal order against Ipong.

The case stemmed from the alleged diversion of Ipong’s Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) allocations to the fictitious livelihood projects of Aaron Foundation Philippines Inc. (AFPI).

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) removed him from office as it implemented the Ombudsman’s order in November 2016.

He ran for a seat in the House of Representatives during the May 2019 elections, but lost.