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Ex-Cotabato Rep. Ipong pleads not guilty in pork scam cases

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Former North Cotabato Rep. Gregorio Ipong on Friday (November 24) pleaded not guilty to charges in connection with his involvement in the Priority Assistance Development Fund (PDAF) scam.

The dismissed vice governor made the plea during arraignment proceedings before the Sandiganbayan over charges of graft and malversation in the misuse of P4.9 million of his PDAF.

Records show Ipong chose the bogus Aaron Foundation Philippines Inc (AFPI) as non-government organization (NGO) partner for the implementation of his livelihood programs in 2007 which was funded by his PDAF.

However, the Ombudsman filed the case after discovering that the projects were non-existent.

The Ombudsman also alleged the AFPI was chosen without undergoing the required public bidding.

The NGO was also found allegedly not financially capable of implementing the projects as well as unaccredited and unqualified to do them.

Ipong is also facing two other pork scam charges involving a total of P19 million using the same the modus operandi.

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