BUKIDNON NEWS – Former Bukidnon Congressman and current Presidential Adviser on the Environment JR Nereus Acosta and his mother, former Manolo Fortich mayor Socorro Acosta, are charged with perjury by the Office of the Ombudsman.
According to a news report, the Ombudsman has charged Neric Acosta and his mother Coring with perjury in the Sandiganbayan after “finding probable cause for their indictment in connection with the alleged irregular use of Acosta’s pork barrel when he was a member of the House of Representatives six years ago.”
Perjury is defined as willful act of swearing false information under oath.
According to the report, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales signed a 4 page resolution. The said resolution revealed that on Sept. 4, 2006, Acosta allegedly illegally channeled P5.5 million from his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to the Bukidnon Vegetable Producers Cooperative (BVPC), a private organization controlled by his family, and made it appear that this had been approved by the Sangguniang Bayan of Manolo Fortrich, a first-class municipality in Bukidnon headed by his mother, Socorro Acosta, as mayor.
The Ombudsman recommended bail of P6,000 for his temporary liberty.
Coring Acosta was also charged with violating Article No. 183 of the Revised Penal Code for perjury for executing a counteraffidavit affirming that the funneling of her son’s PDAF to the BVPC was concurred in by the Sangguniang Bayan, or town council, of Manolo Fortich. Bail of P6,000 was also recommended for her.
Read the rest of the report here.
What are your thoughts about this? Do you think the Zubiris will help the Acosta now that they have forged a political partnership as evidenced by these photos taken during the Acosta Zubiri filing of COCs?