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Senate probers told of Malampaya fund misuse

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Senator Teofisto Guingona III. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Senate blue ribbon committee on Thursday learned that a road project funded by the Malampaya gas project in Palawan received millions of pesos for its implementation three times in three months.

Sen. Teofisto Guingona III, chairman of the panel, said the revelations of the Commission on Audit and independent people’s organizations clearly showed that anomalies attended the disbursement of Palawan’s share from the revenues from the gas project.

Confronted with what was obviously an overlapping of contracts for one and the same stretch of national road, Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson said Malampaya funds must have been released too quickly during those times.

“It’s clear that there are anomalies… It’s clear they played with the funds,” Guingona told reporters following yesterday’s continuation of the hearing on the P3.9-billion worth of Palawan infrastructure disallowed by the Commission on Audit due to irregularities.

Lawyer Grizelda Mayo-Anda of the Environmental Legal Assistance Center said that one road project was given an allocation of P20 million in December 2007, P14 million for the improvement of the same stretch in January 2008 and another P20 million in February 2008.

Anda said another P20 million was given to the same road project at another instance in 2008.

“Is there overlapping of contracts?” Anda asked.

Singson said that the funds seemed to have been allotted to the Department of Public Works and Highways for the implementation of the road project even without a request from officials in the department.

“It seems that the funds just arrived and then they prepared details on how to utilize the funds. I don’t think they even requested these kinds of amounts that came rather quickly,” Singson said.

The widow and daughter of environmentalist journalist Dr. Gerry Ortega again attended the hearing on the anomalies that he exposed when he was still alive. They believe Ortega’s commentary on the issue led to his assassination.

The principal suspect in the assassination is former Palawan Gov. Joel Reyes, who was the governor at the time the Malampaya funds were released to the province, the city of Puerto Princesa and the congressional districts.

“It seems that more than [almost] P4 billion is involved. We’re just talking here about Malampaya. We have yet to talk about the funds from the general appropriations. We have yet to talk about what Palawan is earning from the other industries,” said Ortega’s daughter Micah.

The Ortegas believe that Reyes and even incumbent Gov. Abraham Mitra, a congressman when the questioned projects were implemented during the Arroyo administration, were involved in the anomalies.


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Tags: COA , Government , Graft and Corruption , Malampaya funds , Palawan , Senate


  • amapangarap

    so what else is new?

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Si Mitra mabilis na magde depensa yan! sa karakas ng pagmumukha nito hindi na kapani paniwala ang mga binibitawan salita!

  • DAMBUHALA

    ANG NAG IMBESTIGA……. AKALA MO MALINIS….. MGA SENADOR NATIN WALANG KARAPATAN MAG IMBESTIGA ANG ANUMANG KATIWALIAN SA GOBYERNO…… SILA MISMO ANG UNA SA SANGAY NG PAMAHALAAN NA KURAKOT….. PATI MGA TONGRESSMAN……… PARE PAREHO KAYO……

    • Facilitator1

      Korek ka kabayan. At kung TOTOO ang akusasyon mo, then sabi nga nila, “it takes a THIEF to catch a THIEF”. 

      Kung si Sen Guingona’s action will identify DEFINITE/CLEAR-CUT ANOMALIES and EXPEDITES prosecution against the perpetrators. Then it’s a blessing for Juan/Juana Dela Cruzes.

      PINOY POLITICIANS (not all) karamihan may DUMI o SKELETONS in their CLOSETS. Kasalanan kasi nina Juan/Juana dela Cruzes. Binoto nito ang mga MOKONG. At karamihan sa mga gov’t officials–kahit sabihin nilang LEGAL ang kanila ginawa, kung MORALLY offensive naman, para sa kanila OKS lang…tuloy ang sarap ng buhay…ay, buhay…

      Ang layo ng mga PINOY politicians sa mga ibang banyaga. Kahit PERCEPTION lang o HAKA-HAKA…mabilis pa sa alas KWARTRO resign kaagad. 

      Dito ang bukang bibig nila, “I’ll answer all in the proper forum or in courts” pero pag dinala sa KORTE ang kaso, ang banat nila PERSECUTION or POLITICAL HARASSMENT kaagad….PEACE

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PJTH3SHQU3B4TCUVRH2UXZCJDY Balahura

      Si Baham ay Tongressman nang gawin ang South bouund road ng Palawan…now siya incumbent GOV nang pumasyal kami sa Underground river and went to Brookes Point his ADOBE DOCTORED TARPAULIN FACE is scattered everywhere in Puerto and Palawan., di ba bawal ito Pangulong PNOY ?

  • joerizal

    Ang imbestigasyon ng Senado e dapat in aid of legislation lang. Bakit hindi COA o yung mga tamang sektor ng gubyerno ang mag-imbestiga at magsampa ng kaso? Kulang lang talaga sa pansin ang mga walang silbing senador kaya nagkukunwaring may ginagawa pero wala naman.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_G7ROPG2J6GSEKG6KUYD3D5K6AE enteng

      Korek ka jan Joe! Wala naman talagang ginagawa ang mga tamad na senatongs na yan. Pakuyakuyakoy lang sa kanilang upuan naghihintay ng sueldo at pork barrel. Of course kasama na rin ang mga Tongressmen. 

  • $37644997

    Do you know how to stop any anomally?don’t release any money.You cannot trust anybody nowadays.”provide the materials instead,put up with production”and pay what they have labored for.

    • kolambogan

      I think you are not aware that ang mga mangungurakot kahit ano pinapatulan. Kapag nag release lamang ng materials, ibebenta rin ang mga iyon sa murang halaga sa mismong supplier at a discount.. Peperahin din yun. Ganyan ka garapal ang mga buwaya sa gobyerno

      • geminimind

        that’s also a big possibilty.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GG4T5UNZ3P7SCHSRNJ7PF5JZMM Jimmy

    Yang si Mitra at Reyes at kanilang mga kakutsaba ay dapat bitayin ASAP…at kumpiskahin ang lahat ng kanilang mga ari-arian…!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/dibs_on_tweet Dennis

    …what’s next, ngayon na alam na natin ‘to?

  • calixto909

    Guigona, enough of this press releases, it’s best for the country if you take the initiative to file action against the alleged perpetrators so that they be given their day in court to reply likewise the funds of the gov’t as a recourse would be protected from further anomalies. In furtherance, people’s trust in the Aquino gov’t and to you of course shall rise which is beneficial to the economy.

    But if self propagation reigns greater in you rather than the implementation of justice via filing a case at the proper court to scare would be corrupt gov’t people then just like your predecessors you’re merely an incoming TRAPO. Your investigation is purely political mileage.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PJTH3SHQU3B4TCUVRH2UXZCJDY Balahura

    Samakatuwid totoo po ang tsismis na narinig namin nang nasa Puerto Princesa kami na may tinatawag na malampaya hotel, bakit natin di bawiin baka binebenta na ng dating gob ang 111 room na ito sabi sa agoda site below ( please change the dot to . palitan po ng tuldok . yung salitang dot na link sa ibaba)
    http://wwwdotagodadotcom/asia/philippines/palawan/hotel_centro_palawandothtml

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AUNBI66J3EGEPMV5LFCN53OUGI JEO

    Now what? when will the justice be served? we have too much talks going around but lacks convictions and actions. THE AMPATUANS FOR EXAMPLE? TOO SLOW!

    PUT THEM BEHIND BARS NEXT MONTH!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2DAZWQGRABQ742P6J6XNTSLGJQ dark matter

    Guingona seems to be saying “My precioussssss…”

  • basyong

    gungguna thinks corruption existed during pandaks term.hehehehe para naman hindi siya makalimutan ng madla kahit tumangap siya ng regalo galing kay senatong santa claus enrile.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OJWHBJLMWPTRUOZMN6JOMHLO2A Banana Na

    before judging others about their use of funds, you first look at your own backyard…sabi ninyo na legal ang pagbigay ni MR. SANTA ng gift para sa inyo, ang sabi naman ng iba na illegal din ang ginagawa ninyo…papaano kung sabihin ng CEO ng malampaya na legal din ang ginagawa ninyo pero para sa inyo ay illegal ang ginagawa nila, then, investigates ulit, then, sa sariling backyard nangyari ay okay lang sa inyo kasi nakatanggap ka rin ng fund sa senate…hirap intindihin pero pilit na lang intindihin, tutal, sa mundo nito karamihan talaga ay di fair talaga…..

  • Rovingmoron

    The fire has been hidden for so long so that it is only now that the smoke started coming out into the thin air. While there are public officials who have the temerity to squander public funds at the expense of their personal desire to amass wealth, millions of the poor and the marginalized continue to suffer with these public officials laughing all the way to the banks. What a shame!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XALR35ENV2XKV327BZGZ7Q5Z5Q Ernesto

    bakit karamihan sa ating opisyan ng gobyerno corrupt,tingnan mo naman ang nagyari sa palawan malaking binabayad ng shell dyan,ang mga daan at tulay substandard .lagi na lang imbestigasion di naman makukulong,dapat mag sample kayo opisyal ng gobyerno na makukulong.kwarta lagi ng gobyerno ang tinatarget ng mga kawatan

  • Jane Tan

    Because its so easy to steal in this country. All you need is a certain amount of power, connections to the right people, and no shame.

  • Guest

    I commend the senate for doing its job in probing the Malampaya fund misuse. What’s disheartening is the fact that senate investigations do not always lead to the filing of charges against the wrongdoers. Worse, cases may be filed but eventually bungled by government prosecutors themselves. 

    01. The senate inquiry last year 2012 proved that former NFA chief Lito Banayo had a hand in the massive rice smuggling, using cooperatives as fronts. To this day, no case has been filed against him by the Ombudsman.

    02. The case of Doc Gerry could have put the Reyes Brothers behind bars. Unfortunately, DOJ and Leila de Lima bungled the case so bad that even the Court of Appeals could not remedy the case for the government and had to dismiss it.

    03. The senate inquiry into the Okada lobby fund implicated the former Pagcor Chief Genuino. But it also implicated present Pagcor Chief Naguiat. Instead of going after both, charges were filed against the former while the latter was completely spared.

    Injustice somewhere is injustice everywhere. Enabling corruption somewhere is enabling corruption everywhere. Pnoy may not be corrupt, but he enabled his friends to be corrupt at the expense of the other 95 million ordinary taxpaying and law-abiding Filipinos. Yan po ang nakakagalit Mr. President.

    • verconti

      oo magpapasikat lng to… kasi sa korte pa rin ang huling hatol…

    • http://www.facebook.com/jtpenton Musta Na Mo

      tanggalin na yang CONCHITA CARPIO sa Ombudsman ang taong bayan naman ang nagpapasahod nyan di naman c Pnoy…o di kaya mag irrevocable resignation la naman pakinabang sa bayan yan, kahit pala alam na nya nun na lang ebidensya na maidiin c Gloria sa kaso itinuloy nya kesi utos ni Pnoy…sayang lang pasahod natin dyan.

      • Guest

        Siguro sa 2016 magkakaalaman. Minsan hindi mo malaman kung sadyang bulag ba o nagbubulag-bulagan lang. Haay.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PJTH3SHQU3B4TCUVRH2UXZCJDY Balahura

    “even incumbent Gov. Abraham Mitra, a congressman when the questioned projects were implemented during the Arroyo administration, were involved in the anomalies”……Eh paano iyan Pangulong Noy eh kakosa daw ng Tatay neto ang Tatay mo, di lusot na siya?, ibig sabihin mapapadagdag ito sa KKK mo ( “kaibigan, kaklase, kabarilan”) magiging apat na K na KKKK madadagdag ito kapag hindi nakulong ang magnanakaw .. KKKK – kaibigan kaklase kabarilan and the NEW K KAKOSA (ng tatay ko!)

    • Nagagalitna

      May sinabi ba dyan na lusot na si Mitra?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jtpenton Musta Na Mo

    kawawa naman c Mitra sabi ni Pnoy c GMA nalang ang ikulong natin…”TUWID na DAAN” na naman ang pinas kesi ako ang presidente nyo….party-party oppsss la pa c Enrile antayin muna natin magagalit yon pag di natin antayin.

    • Nagagalitna

      May sinabi ba dyan sa news na nagsabi si PNoy na kawawa naman si Mitra?
      Kung wala, isa kang tunay na talangka na ayaw umunlad ang bayan at mapanagot ang mga kakampi mong demonyo.

  • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

    ‘P3.9-billion worth of Palawan infrastructure disallowed by the Commission on Audit’

    4 na naval patrol vessels na
    ang katumbas niyan

    pang patrolya sa
    palawan kalayaan area

    ganito binebenta ang bayan natin
    sa mga dayuhan

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Sabit si Mitra sa anomalya? Is he the same guy who graduated at PMA?

  • disqusted0fu

    They are one way or another trying to link this case to GMA again because the previous cases that they filed against her are appearing to be weak. They need more misinformation to feed the people to continue their own wrongdoings.



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