Ex-Pagcor chief, 40 others face plunder case

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Monday, July 11, 2011


MANILA (Updated 2:07 p.m.) -- The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) on Monday filed a plunder case against its former chairman and 40 others at the Department of Justice (DOJ).

In the 127-page complaint, former Pagcor chairman Efraim Genuino, his two children Erwin and Sheryl, and 38 others allegedly conspired with each other in use of Pagcor multi-million money for Batang Iwas Droga (Bida) Foundation Inc.

Bida was converted to a political party last 2009. Among its nominee was Sheryl.

Cristino Naguiat Jr., current Pagcor chairman, said the Pagcor spent more than P186 million to fund the 2010 election bid of Bida as a party-list.

Pagcor vice president for Corporate and Legal Services Jay Santiago also said, "When we reviewed the documentation, no doubt the amount involved exceeded P186 million. The audit trail reached P220 million."

Naguiat said Pagcor spent P63 million for Bida promotions from 2008 to 2010.

Pagcor also paid P14.42 million for pins, ID cards, tarpaulins, and other collateral mostly used for the Bida caravan.

Pagcor also shouldered Bida event management, creative design and production of Bida Foundation’s Maligayang Barangay, Maagang Pasko 2005 and Pinakamaligayang Barangay 2006 projects amounting to P14.15 million.

Aside from Genuinos, also charged were former Pagcor Board Members Rafael Francisco, (COO and president); Manuel Roxas, Philip Lo, Danilo Gozo, Imelda Dimaporo, Ester Laconico Feria, Susana Dumlao Vargas, incumbent National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba; Jose Benedicto (former chief of staff); Rene Figueroa (former executive vice-president); Edward King(former VP for Corporate Communications and Serviced Department); lawyer Carlos Bautista Jr. (former VP for Legal Department); Ester Hernandez (former VP for accounting); Valente Custodio (former AVP for Internal Audit); lawyer Jesselyn Durante Cuizon (former assistant manager of Legal Department); Erwin Genuino (former executive assistant of Legal Department); and former Pagcor consultants Mario Cornista, Rodolfo Soriano Jr., Tomas Toledo, and Emilio Marcelo.

Bida Foundation incorporators/members Jesus Velmonte, Cornelio Valerio, Nicanor Roxas, Michael Nisperos, Arnold Garchitorena, Angelo Tesoro, Jose Salindong, Johnny Tan, Philip Beltran, Luis Guerrero, Carol Matsuda, Olive Soriano and Josephine Sumangil-Evangelista were also charged.

Also named respondents were Manuel Nocon Jr., Dennis Celeste, Ronald Tagayon, Adriano Velmonte, Rafael Torcuator, and Anna Maria Espiritu who were incorporators/members of Bida Production, Wildformat and/or Pencil First. These three entities rendered creative and advertising services for Bida who were then got heftily paid by Pagcor.

Naguiat said the new Pagcor management "has uncovered numerous irregular and anomalous transactions, which were approved by the previous Pagcor management favoring the Batang Iwas Droga (Bida) Foundation Inc., Bida Production, Wildformat, Inc. and Pencil First Inc."

Santiago also said Bida is not supposed to be the only foundation Pagcor is supposed to help.

In Bida's case, it seemed it was the most favored non-government organization of Pagcor.

Santiago added the audit review is not finished yet. “We may amend the complaint when we are able to document the amount.” (Sunnex)

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