Bohol gov suspended for graft

THE Sandiganbayan has ordered the suspension for 90 days of Bohol Gov. Arthur Yap for graft.

The suspension stemmed from the alleged  P8 million ghost livelihood projects funded by former Misamis Occidental Rep. Marina Clarete’s pork barrel during Yap’s term as Agriculture Secretary.

Records show that Yap, as DA chief, allegedly entered into a deal with one of the non-existent non-government organizations.

Based on records, Yap was involved in the release of the P8 million pork barrel fund, which was not implemented by the partner NGO, Kabuhayan at Kalusugang Alay sa Masa Foundation Inc., endorsed by Clarete.

The Anti-Graft Court disputed Yap’s claim that the suspension order was premature as he has a pending petition for certiorari before the Supreme Court.

The Court also refused to accept Yap’s argument that he could not exert any influence on possible witnesses  because he was no longer the head of the DA.

“While indeed accused Yap ceased to be connected with the DA since 2010 and that he has not manipulated evidence or intimidated witnesses, the presumption is that unless the accused is suspended, he may frustrate his prosecution or commit further acts of malfeasance or do both,”  the Anti-Graft Court said.