MANILA – An anti-corruption court in the Philippines on Thursday ordered the arrest of a senator over financial irregularities in social projects worth up to 30 million pesos ($590,121).
The Office of the Ombudsman filed two charges against Gregorio Honasan last week, after confirming anomalies in the allocation of 30 million pesos for social projects from his Priority Development Assistance Fund that the state grants to each senator.
“I am completely innocent of the charges against me. All my life I have fought everything I am accused of, and I will continue to do so,” said Honasan in a statement which did not clarify his whereabouts.
Honasan, 69, a military man, was notorious for his involvement in several coup attempts during Corazon Aquino’s 1986-1992 government.
Aquino’s successor, Fidel V. Ramos, another military man, granted amnesty to Honasan, who in 1995 began his political career by winning a seat in the Senate.
This was the fourth Philippine senator to be accused of corruption in relation to the funds that the state grants them for social projects, after charges were filed against Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon Revilla in 2014.