Lawmaker sacks chief of staff in pork barrel racket | Inquirer News
Close  

Lawmaker sacks chief of staff in pork barrel racket

/ 02:35 AM May 19, 2014

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines—Rep. Lilia Macrohon-Nuño has sacked her chief of staff, Ruth Allen Ruste, for alleged involvement in the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.

Nuño said she asked Ruste to resign after her office was dragged into the controversy.

ADVERTISEMENT

“Ruste is no longer connected with my office. She resigned effective May 1,” Nuño told the Inquirer.

Ruste served as chief of staff to three former representatives, including Erico Basilio Fabian who has been linked to the PDAF scam. Fabian’s name is on the list of lawmakers who allegedly allowed Janet Lim-Napoles to use their PDAF.

FEATURED STORIES

City agriculturist Diosdado Palacat earlier said Ruste, as Fabian’s chief of staff, coordinated with his office for the delivery of worms and  the implementation of free training under the Livelihood Enhancement on Organic Training and Vermiculture Technology in 2012.

Palacat said the 2,000 farmer-trainees went home with bags of worms worth about P700 a kilo.

The farmers were described as beneficiaries of the P17 million that Fabian gave to the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), according to a  report by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

The DBM report said Fabian released the amount to the NCMF in three tranches: P6 million on Sept. 7, 2012, another P5 million on the same day and P6 million on April 23, 2012.

NCMF Director Mehol Sadain confirmed to the Inquirer that the group received the funds from Fabian.—Julie S. Alipala, Inquirer Mindanao

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Congress, Erico Basilio Fabian, lawmakers, Lilia Macrohon-Nuño, Philippines, pork barrel scam, Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), Ruth Allen Ruste
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2021 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.