Honasan surrenders, posts bail for graft charges

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UPDATED with info from the Office of the Clerk of Courts.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 11) — Senator Gringo Honasan on Friday surrendered to authorities and posted bail for graft charges filed against him before the Sandiganbayan, over the alleged misuse of his ₱29.1-million Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) in 2012.

The embattled senator "voluntarily surrendered and (was) subsequently arrested" at the Biñan City Police Station in Laguna province at around 7:30 a.m., police said.

He later went to Biñan Regional Trial Court (RTC) and paid ₱60,000 for his temporary release. Judge Teodoro Solis of Biñan RTC Branch 25 issued his release order.

Honasan was accompanied by the Region 4 police director Chief Supt. Ma O Rañada Aplasca, his personnel, and Solis' office staff.

Anti-graft court Sandiganbayan on Thursday issued a warrant of arrest against Honasan for two counts of graft that the Office of the Ombudsman filed last August 1.

Five of his co-accused also posted bail before the Sandiganbayan Second Division. They are former officials of the National Council on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), namely, Mehol Sadain, Fedelina Aldanese, Olga Galido, Giovanni Manuel Gaerlan, and Aurora Aragon-Mabang.

The Office of the Clerk of Courts said under Section 17, Rule 114 of the revised rules of Criminal Court, the accused is allowed to post bail in Laguna even when the arrest warrant was issued by the 2nd Division of Sandiganbayan, provided that the bail and documents will immediately be forwarded to Sandiganbayan.

The documents pertaining to Honasan's posting of bail, including the return of warrant, cash bond receipt, and the judge's release order, have been submitted to Sandiganbayan past 1 p.m.

Honasan's PDAF was meant to finance livelihood projects for Muslim communities in Metro Manila and Zambales province, with the NCMF as implementing agency.

The Ombudsman said Honasan on May 30, 2012 authorized the payment of ₱29.1 million to non-government organization Focus Development Goals Foundation, Inc. in two tranches, without following procurement rules.

Honasan, however, denied the allegations, saying he is "completely innocent of the charges" against him.

"All my life I have fought everything I am accused of, and I will continue to do so," he said in a statement Thursday.

If found guilty, Honasan may face imprisonment of up to 10 years and perpetual disqualification from public office.

Senators Bong Revilla and Jinggoy Estrada are detained at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center for allegedly benefiting from a multibillion-peso scam where businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles allegedly funneled lawmakers' pork barrel funds to fake NGOs. They are charged with plunder.

Senator Juan Ponce Enrile was also jailed but the Supreme Court allowed him to post bail because of his old age and frail health.

The Supreme Court ruled the PDAF or pork barrel as unconstitutional in 2013.

CNN Philippines' Camille Abadicio contributed to this report.

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