Militant groups belittled the criminal charges filed by the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with the Fertilizer Fund scam, saying the principal architect was even left out.
“After nearly seven years, plunder charges have not been filed against the principal architect of the scam, [former Agriculture Undersecretary Jocelyn Bolante] and his associates. No cases have been filed against the suppliers of the diluted fertilizer,” the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) said.
The Office of the Ombudsman filed 2 graft charges last April 7 before the Sandiganbayan, naming as respondents incumbent Sorsogon Provincial Governor Raul R. Lee, accountant Raul G. Hernandez and provincial treasurer Ofelia D. Velasco.
It stemmed from the complaint of Sorsogon provincial board member Rebecca De Leon Aquino, who accused the officials of undue injury to the government by approving the purchase of 2,133 liters of Bio Nature Liquid Fertilizer from supplier Feshan Philippines Inc. in 2004.