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Rep. Dimaporo cleared of graft case on P5M farm program

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THE SANDIGANBAYAN Second Division dismissed the graft and malversation cases against Lanao del Norte-2nd district Rep. Abdullah D. Dimaporo in connection with the P5-million funding for the Farm Input/Farm Implement Program (FIFIP) in Lanao del Norte. The anti-graft court ruled that the prosecution failed to prove Mr. Dimaporo’s guilt beyond reasonable doubt. Mr. Dimaporo and five other local officials were alleged to have malversed the P5-million allocation for the Lanao Foundation, Inc. (LFI), a non-government organization tasked to implement the FIFIP. “There was no proof presented that accused Dimaporo chose LFI to implement the FIFIP despite knowing that it was not allegedly capable to do so,” the court said in the resolution. It also noted that there were no evidence or witnesses presented to prove the documents had been falsified. In the same 25-page resolution, the court also “lifted and set aside” the hold departure order against Mr. Dimaporo and his co-accused, and “released” the bail bond posted. — Charmaine A. Tadalan





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