Honasan, Tesda chief, face charges over PDAF scam

MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – Senator Gregorio Honasan and administration ally Joel Villanueva, also chief of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda), have been charged by the justice department with malversation of public funds, direct bribery, and graft and corruption.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday, August 7, filed before the Office of the Ombudsman the third batch of charges against 40 people in relation to the misuse of lawmakers' funds, more popularly referred to as pork barrel. The Ombudsman filed cases against incumbent and former lawmakers, public officials, and private individuals.

Radio station dzMM reported that Honasan, Villanueva, and Cagayan de Oro 2nd District Representative Rufus Rodriguez were among those charged. Villanueva was earlier reported to be among those running for the Senate under the Liberal Party in the 2016 elections.

The DOJ accused the following incumbent and former lawmakers of obtaining "kickbacks" from alleged pork scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles, who was also among those charged: