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A Tightening Noose: The Fertilizer Fund Scam ‘Indictables’

November 10, 2008

It’s still a long way from any possible conviction of big fish in the P 728-M fertilizer fund scam of 2004.

But if we go by the reports now emerging about the recommendations in the ‘field investigation report’ of the Office of the Ombudsman, at least two sitting members of the House of Representatives and two former congressmen¬† (one of them now a city mayor) will be formally charged with violating the Anti Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

The eyebrow-raising story now breaking out identifies¬† the four possible indictees as having allegedly pocketed the money given them for the ‘2004 Ginintuang Masaganang Ani’ (golden bountiful harvest) assistance program for poor farmers.

indictablesThe revelation of the four names came as senators upheld the issuance of the arrest order for Bolante whose doctors also just announced that it’s now okay for Joc Joc to be discharged and just undergo out-patient treatment for his health concerns.

One legal maneuver Bolante did make today was his lawyer sought a 10-day extension of the deadline for Bolante to submit his reply to the plunder case against the one time agriculture undersecretary.

A tangent development is word about House Speaker Prospero Nograles’ readiness to endorse the impeachment case against President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

But while this angle will take its share of headlines, the reality remains that the superior numbers of congressmen loyal to Malacanang will eventually kill the impeachment bid.

For now at least, the noose is tightening for the mid-level ‘players’ in the anomaly.

But don’t call out the brass bands or hold street celebrations just yet.

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