New graft rap filed vs Syjuco, wife

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ILOILO CITY—The Office of the Ombudsman has filed anew a P20-million graft case against former Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) Director General and now Iloilo Rep. Augusto “Boboy” Syjuco Jr. and his wife, former Iloilo Rep. Judy Syjuco.

The Syjuco couple and two other respondents are accused of irregularities in the 2005 disbursement of P20 million from the Priority Development Assistance Fund of then representative Judy Syjuco through the Tesda and implemented by a nongovernment organization founded by her husband.

In a 35-page joint resolution issued on April 24, the antigraft body found probable cause against the couple; Santiago Yabut Jr., Tesda deputy director general for field operations; and Maria Nela Yniesta, president of Tagipusuon Cooperative, for violations of Republic Act No. 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act), according to a statement issued on April 26 by Edgardo Diansuy, director of the Ombudsman’s media affairs bureau.

The Ombudsman has furnished a copy of its resolution to the Anti-Money Laundering Council for “possible violations of the Anti-Money Laundering Act.”

Syjuco, who is seeking reelection as representative of Iloilo’s second congressional district, could not be reached for comment.

But in an earlier interview with the Inquirer, he accused the administration of political persecution and filing various cases against him to prevent his reelection.

Syjuco is running under the United Nationalist Alliance against Pavia Mayor Arcadio Gorriceta of the ruling Liberal Party and independent candidate and 1-Care Rep. Salvador Cabaluna III.

President Aquino has openly endorsed Gorriceta in Syjuco’s district during campaign sorties in Iloilo. While not naming Syjuco, the President in his speeches lambasted the congressman for alleged corruption.

In its resolution, the Ombudsman found irregularities in the memorandum of agreement (MOA) between Judy Syjuco, the Tesda and Tagipusuon Cooperative for the Education For All Project implemented in Iloilo’s second congressional district.

The project, implemented under the Tesda’s Invigorating Constituent Assistance in Reinforcing Employment program, a scholarship-sharing scheme, involved funding and training assistance to elementary and high school students in the district.

It included free school uniforms, bags, supplies, training facilities, computers, classrooms, class furniture, classroom maintenance and supplies, scholarships, subsidies and stipends.

But the antigraft body said the MOA and the project implementation gave “unwarranted benefit to Tagipusuon.”

“The action of these public officers resulted in clear undue injury to the government, considering that public funds were disbursed for purposes other than what it was appropriated for,” according to the ruling.

The Ombudsman cited a May 27, 2011, report of the Commission on Audit, which said that the project was “highly irregular” because it was beyond the Tesda’s mandate.

It noted that the Tesda’s mandate is to provide technical education and training to mid-level workers and not elementary and high schools students.

Tagipusuon was also unqualified to implement the project because its primary objective is to provide livelihood projects for women, according to the Ombudsman.

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  • Horst Manure

    Lets hope he lives long enough to get to court and lives during the 100 yr process.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ernesto.y.tolentino Ernesto Y. Tolentino

    I bet this character will be re-elected. Remember, this is the Philippines.

    • buttones

      Actually it’s an added plus to have pending charges against you, being called ‘Boboy’- ‘Boo Boo’ ‘Ding Dong’, Plinky, Dinky, Winkey or whatever also helps. Voters like candidates with ridiculous kindergarten nick names..

  • EVILCOUPLE

    Isa rin ba itong maswerteng magnanakaw?, binata pa lang ako naririnig ko na ito, ito ba yung taong ito ang laging talunan sa Makati ? And dami ko ng narinig dito ah, puro nga sa corruption. Sa probinsya pala nagoyo yung nga botante.

    • UrHONOR

      Estudiyante pa lang sa UE yan, hinaharang na nya ang mga delivery trucks ng 7-UP nila para makadelihensya ng pamumudmud sa mga kabagang nyang mga tulisan din.

  • jaciagar

    With his unlimited greed & criminal mind, Syjuco should be slammed behind bars for unlimited eternity.

  • Oliver82

    Kamukha cya ni uncle O-king..

  • buttones

    Syjuko? Is this the guy that invented that word game?

  • honest man

    matagal na yan…

  • AllinLawisFair

    Di ba ito yung matandang nakipagsayaw sa isang sexy movie star? Ginawa siyang almusal ni Miriam.

  • Ariel Molina

    hahhahahahha kaalyado na naman ni Binay. mabuhay silang mga hari. at tatlong demon

    • UrHONOR

      NHi hindi pa itlog swi Binay ay malaki ng agila itong wsi Boboy…..sa pamilya nila noon ang 7-UP at iba pang industriya. Nakapagtataka nga na kung sino pa ang mayaman siya pa ang numnero unong magnanakaw, tulad ni arroyo, morato, enrile, at makoy.

  • Lakan Dupil

    Di ba isa rin itong alagad ni GMA..Bakit UNA ang partido nya ngayon? Ibig sabihin si GMA, si Enrile, si Estrada at Binay ay magkakasabwat at iisa ang layunin sa bayan?

  • Brigido Mendoza

    Sa panahon lang ni PINOY na Biglang na Buhay ang ekonomiya ng Pilipinas.Kilala na ang Pilipinas bilang ” THE RISING STAR OF ASIA’ and THE TIGER OF ASIA” Dahil sa patuloy na pag lago ng ekonomiya ng Pilipinas.Ang dahilan maraming Foreign Investor ang nagtiwala kay Pinoy na talagang desidido na mawala o mabawasan ang mga CORRUPT OFFICIAL. PERO KUNG MATAPOS NA ANG “TERM ” NI PINOY.PAANO NA ANG EKONIMIYA NG PILIPINAS?KARAMIHAN SA MGA POLITIKO NA NAG AAMBISYON NA MAGING PRESIDENTE. AY MGA POLITIKONG NAG PAYAMAN HABANG NANUNUNGKULAN.

    • UrHONOR

      HINDI lang si PNoy ang kadahilanan ng pag-angat ng ekonomiya ng bayan….ang malaking bahagi ng pagsulong ng bansa ay ang mga MAMAMAYAN. Hindi tayo dapat umasa sa isa o ibang tao para sa ating kasaganaan….walang iba pang makakatulong sa ating pag-unlad kundi TAYO na MISMONG mga MAMAMAYAN. Walang magagawa ang kahit na sino kung wala ang tulong ng mamamayan. Tayong lahat ang dapat na kumilos upang mapangalagaan ang kung anupaman ang nais natin para sa bayan.

  • Ismail Tolosa

    relatives from the province (of Iloilo) told me that this clown puts a billboard with his face stating “through the efforts of Boboy bla bla” on every government project that: are There, projects that are NOT there (supposedly there?), and prjects that were NOT his. lol

  • josh_alexei

    Finally catch up with you August in Court of the Law? Well, sometimes you have all the luck and sometimes you Trip…and all you can say is it is all persecution…Even your looks say it all…

  • kismaytami

    Eto na naman tayo sa mga file file ng kaso sa mga magnanakaw dati. Until 2011, kabilib-bilib pa ang ganitong aksyon ng gobyerno. Pero… Hello! 2013 na po. May naparusahan na ba???

    • UrHONOR

      THE wheels of justice turn very slowly. Yon ngang nakakakigimbal at nakakakilabot na kaso ng pagpatay ng mahigit na 20 tao ng mga AMPATUAN na matingkad pa sa sikat ng araw ang mga ebidensya, e, hanggang ngayon nakabinbin pa ….yan pang pagnanakaw? Let’s not be negative about it but rather optimistic about it that though the gears of justice turns slowly, at least it is turning. That is democracy and it’s a take-it-or-leave-it kind of life.

  • UrHONOR

    ANG yaman-yamnan na ng TNL na Boboy na yan, e, magnanakaw pa din. Ang alam ko tip lang yan ng malaking iceberg na nalimas ni Boboy sa TESDA at kung saan pa. Kung sino pa yong may malalaking yaman, siya pa ang malalaking magnanakaw sa ating lipunan. Paano, nakikita nila sa pinuno ng bayan na ang pagnanakaw ay OK lang……mula sa panahon ni Macapagal, Makoy, Ramos, Estrada, arroyo….mapapansin natin na ang malalaki at masisibang mga tao sa lipunan ay yong mga may malaking kakayahan ay kayamanan na, mataas aqng pinag-aralan o mataas ang naabot sa antas ng lipunan….at mahilig magsimba, magnobena, at sumali sa mga religious activities para mahugasan ang kanilang mga kasalanan sa mata ng madla, tulad ng mga magnanakaw sa BIR, BOC, at LTO sa ilang mga tanggapan ng pamahalaan na komokolekta ng pera.

  • ddano

    Buhay pa kaya si syjuco pag tapos ng kasong ito? Sa bagal ng takbo ng hustisya sa Pinas malamang bulok na ang bangkay ni syjuco hindi pa tapos ang kaso.

  • JuanTamadachi

    Look at his demonic photo, he is guilty as sin.

  • Karma.chameleon

    Twenty million pesos won’t make any difference if you are rich…. organized greed….

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