Senate probe establishes Bolante, Palace-bagman link

The Senate is putting the pieces of the puzzle together on the P728-million fertilizer fund scam with its trail likely leading to the doorsteps of Malacañang after it was established in yesterday’s inquiry that former Agriculture Undersecretary Jocelyn “Joc-joc” Bolante, the purported architect of the scam, knew other key personalities in the anomaly even long before the fertilizer fund program was initiated.

Blue ribbon committee chairman Sen. Richard Gordon issued the assessment after testimonies from witnesses affirming association of Bolante with one of the alleged financiers, Jaime “Jimmy” Paule, who, in previous Senate probes, was alleged to have links with Malacañang.

Gordon said the prosecution of Bolante, along with several others, will be initiated even before the Senate terminates its ongoing inquiry.

Agriculture Undersecretary Belinda Gonzales affirmed yesterday Gordon’s earlier findings that Bolante met at least twice with Paule which made matters worse for the former Agriculture official.

Gordon said it only goes to show that Paule and Bolante

apparently knew each other long time ago, the said incident narrated by Gonzales supposedly took place sometime 2002 or some two years before the fertilizer funds were released.[Continue Reading...]

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