Ex-NABCOR head urges SC to stop graft cases

Posted at 08/06/14 2:56 PM

MANILA - Former National Agribusiness Corporation (NABCOR) president Alan Javellana has asked the Supreme Court (SC) to stop the Sandiganbayan from proceeding with the trial of his graft cases over the pork barrel scam.

In a 35-page petition for certiorari, prohibition and mandamus, Javellana, through his lawyer Elridge Marvin Aceron, said he was never involved in the multibillion-peso scandal.

He said he acted in good faith when he signed memoranda of agreement (MOA) with non-government organizations (NGOs) in connection with the pork barrel funds of Senators Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr., Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada.

Javellana said the Office of the Ombudsman committed grave abuse of discretion when it ruled that there is probable cause to indict him for graft.

"In the cases at bar, Alan Javellana did not have any dishonest purpose or furtive design to do wrong or cause danger to Nabcor. He was an official who signed the documents in good faith," the petition read.

The former NABCOR chief said he never pocketed a single centavo in exchange for signing the documents.

Javellana also branded as "preposterous" the claim of pork barrel scam whistleblower Benhur Luy that he received kickbacks, noting that his name did not appear in Luy's ledger of disbursements of kickbacks.