Honasan posts P60K bail following arrest order over graft charges

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MANILA, Philippines – Senator Gregorio ‘Gringo’ Honasan has posted bail on Friday following the arrest order issued by the Sandiganbayan in connection with the alleged irregularities involving his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

The anti-graft court issued the arrest warrant against the former rebel soldier for violating Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act for the anomalous use of his P30-M PDAF which was released to the National Council of Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) in 2012.

Honasan posted the P60,000 bail – P30,000 each for two counts of graft – before the Biñan City Regional Trial Court Friday morning around 10 am. He earlier surrendered at Biñan City Police Station accompanied by lawyer Dennis Manalo.

The senator has denied the charges; saying: “I am completely innocent of the charges against me. All my life I have fought everything I am accused of, and I will continue to do so.”

Four other respondents in the case, Aurora Aragon-Mabang, Olga Galido, Mehol Sadain, and Fedelina Aldanese have earlier posted their respective bails; while co-accused Michael Benjamin, Galay Makalinggan, Salvador Gaerlan, and Giovanni Gaerlan have yet to show up at the court.

The Office of the Ombudsman filed two counts of graft charges against Honasan and his co-accused last week. The warrant for his arrest was signed last August 7.

“The Court finds that there is sufficient probable cause to hold the accused in this case for trial and issue a warrant of arrest for them,” said the Sandiganbayan in the minutes of proceedings.

Honasan became the fourth senator ordered a******d by the anti-graft court for in connection with the P10-B pork barrel scam.

Former senators Ramon ‘Bong’ Revilla Jr. and Jinggoy Estrada remains incarcerated at the PNP Detention Center in Camp Crame, while former Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile was released by the Supreme Court on the grounds of humanitarian consideration.