Estrada calls for probe into channelling of pork barrel funds to bogus NGO

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Senate labor chairman Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Senate Pro Tempore Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada is calling for a Senate inquiry how his and other lawmakers’ priority development assistance fund (PDAF) was channelled to a bogus non-government organization.

PDAF is also known as “pork barrel” of congressmen and senators.

“I am calling for this thorough investigation to determine how our Priority Development Assistance Fund was able to benefit a non-existing organization. We need to unmask those who benefited from this scheme,” Estrada said in a statement on Thursday.

A report of the Commission on Audit revealed  that the  P194.97 million funds  that went to the Pangkabuhayan Foundation Inc. came  from the PDAF of  Estrada (P106.7 million), Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile (P74.69 million), Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. (P9.7 million) and  former Buhay Representative  Rene Velarde (P3.88 million).

The fund was part of the total amount of P206 million that was released to the Department of Agriculture. Of the amount, P201 million was released to state-owned ZNAC Rubber Estate Corp. (ZREC), which turned over the P194.97 million to PFI.

At that time, Estrada said, lawmakers were informed by the DA that the foundation was “a legitimate organization and that our pork barrel will be used to benefit thousands of farmers.”

“Now that COA revealed in its report that this NGO is non-existent, we need to ask the former agriculture secretary as well as the ZREC board on why they channelled the taxpayers’ money to this bogus organization,” he said.

“If these personalities do not appear in our investigation, I would ask for their arrest,” Estrada added.

He said appropriate legal action may now also be filed against PFI for its alleged failure to comply with audit recommendations.

In its report, COA said, the president of PFI, Petronila A. Balmaceda, had not coordinated with the ZREC to be able to settle the issues raised in audit.

“Considering that PFI failed to comply with the audit recommendations and had not coordinated for almost two years now, it is high time that the management pursue the filing of appropriate legal action against PFI,” Estrada added.

Revilla, in a separate statement, also urged the agriculture department and the PFI to explain how the funds were spent.

After checking the records in his office, the senator confirmed using his PDAF to help the people in Basilan.

“Dapat lamang na magpaliwanag ang DA at ang mismong NGO na tumanggap ng pondo upang maliwanagan ng publiko kung saan talaga napunta ang inilaan na pondo ng opisina natin Senado para sa mga mahihirap nating kababayan sa Basilan,” Revilla   said.

(DA and the NGO that received funds should explain so that for the public will know where the Senate funds allotted to the poor communities in Basilan went.)

“Naniniwala tayong hindi dapat ipagwalang-bahala ng DA at ng NGO ang isyung ito. Kailangang managot kung sino man ang may kinalaman sa paglapastangan sa pondo ng publiko,” he said.

(We believe that the DA and the NGO should not ignore this issue. The party responsible for the fund mess should be held accountable.)

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3TWVIBNBHJIBKXLUC5IT2JYM5E Harry

    Everyone knows how the funds was channeled to the fake NGO by the Dept. of Agriculture but the important thing is where did that fake NGO channeled its stolen funds. Did it made a round-about or just disappear into thin air.

    • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

      AMLC

  • Cano Manuel

    Do we consider it spent if the money were deposited into the bogus savings account? 

  • Jun Go

    no need to investigate as it will just be a bogus investigation.

    instead of doing such wasted exercise, i as a citizen who pays tax has a better and could be the best option, REMOVE THE PORK BARREL OF ALL LAWMAKERS! PERIOD!

  • lukecowboy

    ito naman fork barrel corruption saan naman napunta ang pera ng bayan papanagutin ang dapat managot dyan kahit sino pa si jingoy o sino pa ikulong yan at ng di na pamarisan pa.sabi nila wala daw pera sa modernization ng militar natin yan daming pera nawawala saan napunta yan . mga pilipinong botante iboto uli natin ang mga magnanakaw iboto uli magnanakaw para masaya ang bayan ,,,,,,,

    • magiting78

      Pork Barrel po hehehe…nasa presidente po yan, pwd nya hnd ilagay yan sa propose budget…ang congress pwd mag bawas s propose budget pero hnd pwd mag dagdag….

  • lukecowboy

    alisin na kasi ang fork barrel kaya naman kayo nadyan sa pwesto lalo na ang mga senador at congressista dahil dyan alisin na yan tama na sawa ng pinoy sa corruption gutom na ang taong bayan kayo dyan sarap ng buhay ninyo pinamimigay ninyo ang pera ng bayan at ninanakaw ninyo pa legal pa kasi nasa pwesto kayo . sarap talaga ng buhay ninyo daming nagugutom mga kapatid na sennador at congressista anong klase kayong tagapaglingkod ng bayan.

  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    Laglag na sa Top 12 si JV Ejercito. Talo na si Erap sa Manila.

    Balik sa acting si Junggoy. Ngayon pa lang, acting na acting na.

  • patrickinca

    Magtanong tanong ka sa mga farmers at mga farmers ng Basilan at tanongin mo kung natikman nila ang perang iyan kahit isang centavo. At sasabihin nila sa inyo ang totoo. Ang kakapal ng mukha ninyo! Sana parusahan kayo at ang mga pamilya ninyo sa ginagawa ninyo!

  • imongredneck

    Ay naku Jinggoy Ejercito. Nothing will come out of your “thorough investigation”. Alam mo na ang mangyari. This is like a badly scripted movie that you are acting and directing.

  • Kiro Nazakato

    HERE HE GOES AGAIN. UMAARTE NA NAMAN ANG @ND RATE ACTORPOLITIKONG POLITIKO DATING! LET THE AX FALL WHERE THEY MAY! MANAGOT ANG KAILANGANG MANAGOT! HINDI YONG LAGI NA LANG POLITICALLY MOTIVATED! THIS IS HANDIWORK KUNO NG LP KUNO. KAKABWISIT TALAGA 2 C TOBY TANGAACO! PAG NAGSALITA ITO, NAKAKABANAS TALAGA!!

  • magiting78

    hahahaha matagal nang nangyayari yan Mr. Senator…hnd nyo po ba napapansin itong mga NGO napaka iingay kc yung ang sabi ng mga senador n pumupundo sa kanila…like nitong maingay s commelect….watchdog daw kontra daya eh parang aso nga kahol ng kahol ayaw nmn manakmal….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZNY7QZZDDBH4EBGB5ZS4IOUATE mave

    Kanya kanya na HUGAS KAMAY, hahaha…………….It’s more fun in the Philippines!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3AXROSN6LN5YP66EONOKGSSYFY Ngiping Dilaw

    Nakuuuuu puro imbestigasyon. Iisa lang ang dahilan kaya inuungkat yan KASI DI LP YUNG TATLO. GETS NYO?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3AXROSN6LN5YP66EONOKGSSYFY Ngiping Dilaw

    2010 pa yan pero ngayon lang inungkat. Kung nag LP kayo kahit corrupt walang kaso. Wag pauto mga tao. Nananalo lang yang Aquino sa paninira ng kalaban pero pag kapartido kahit corrupt okey lang.

    • ukoysakabu

      boy hepa ka b?.bakit? ksi dilaw na ngipin mo….lol

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3RMNEZCQQHXWOQRXJROQ2CORFU Homer Guo

       ngayon lang kasi nagkaroon ng matinong COA.

    • 33Sambuang2

      bugok ka

    • 33Sambuang2

      bugok ka. palinis ka nga ng ngipin mo. di ka kasi nag toothbrush. pisot

  • Janch

    Another argument for the scrapping of the PDAF.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M6UL2UG4OGTMCLSYGB5MVJ7USE InSearchOfTruth

    langya, mga senador kayo pero naisahan kayo ng isang bogus na ngo?  ano tawag dyan?

    • otire

      Nag tatanga tangahan..

  • pipsirho

    PIGS only SURVIVE because of  SCANDALOUS SLOP!; that is the ONLY REASON why they fight tooth and nail for their office, and perpetuate POLITICAL DYNASTY!!!

    PIGS => Politicians Insatiably Gorging Slop; SLOP in the form of Power, Pork Barrel, Public Funds, Dirty Money, Graft, Corruption, Political Dynasty, Influence Peddling, SHAMELESSNESS!!!

  • JuanTamadachi

    “Estrada calls for probe into channelling of pork barrel funds to bogus NGO”

    Careful what you wish for Sen Unggoy. The probe might uncover you as the perpetrator of the scam in much the same way that your oldman was uncovered as the master mind of the muslim youth foundation he put up for money laundering, scamming, etc.. 

  • vaporub123

    absurb!!!!! does it means to say that the people handling the funds just relase the money without verifications?then either these people are inutile or got percentages from the funds that they release.or better still, these senators knows that these are bogus but wants to get their commissions no matter what happens to the peoples money being election year?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/EA7TIY7PYXEU5UOXG2K5CY5F64 Eric

    Kung sariling pero mo yan, 107M pa man din, di ba susuriin mo ng husto kung saan pumupunta at paano ginagamit? Incompetent or plainly true to the Estrada name….

  • Wadav

    Mga sir check nyo n lng kung sino yumaman na taga DA, nanduon ang nawawalang pera! Galing tlaga ng mga politicians, porke di kanila ang pera pinamimigay lng nila kahit sino! ngaun pa kayo mag imbistiga eh, karamihan nman ng pera ng bayan, nsa mga taga gobyerno! tanggalin na kc pork barrel na yan!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3RMNEZCQQHXWOQRXJROQ2CORFU Homer Guo

    irresponsible senators! give away ang pera ng bayan at kapal ng mukhang sabihing basta makapirma sila wala na silang pananagutan!!!! kiss a monkey’s a–

  • mamamia

    WOW nag tangatangahan ang 2 senador, yung isa kaya ano ang alibi? How can someone have millions of pesos and doesn’t know how it was spent?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3AXROSN6LN5YP66EONOKGSSYFY Ngiping Dilaw

    Sa mga Filipino, wag nyo ng iboboto itong Aquino. Pag naupong muli yang mga yan lalong magiging makapangyarihan yan. Kung sinong gustong bintangan ay sige lang! Noon pinatalsik si Marcos dahil magnanakaw. O ngayon sila sila kanya kanyang nakaw din.Noon si Marcos maraming naipagawa. Ngayon tuloy ang nakawan pero walang nagagawa kahit tulay na papel.Noong paalisin si Marcos ang yumaman ay yung mga nagpaalis pero ang bayan POOR as in POOR pa rin. Sila lang ang nagsisiyaman.

    • 33Sambuang2

      ilang katol at rugby nasinghot mong ugok ka. pisot

  • lolo_Jose

    PROBE NA NAMAN? KAYO BA AY HINDI TITIGIL SA PAGLUSTAY NG PERA NG
    TAONG BAYAN SA LINTEK NA PROBE NA IYAN? WALANG KINAPUPUNTAHAN
    ANG ”IN AID OF LEGISLATION” NA PROBE NA IYAN!!!
    IKAW ANG UNANG DAPAT MA IMBESTIGA, TAPOS SI ENRILE, SI
    REVILLA AT ANG ANAK NI VELARDE..
    BAKIT KAYA ANG MGA SWAPANG, MANDARAMBONG,MAGNANAKAW,
    MAMAMATAY TAO AY PINAGTAGPO-TAGPO SA ISANG LUGAR?

  • Atawid

    Sounds like Jose Velarde part 2

  • KurakotNaPinoy

    Hugas kamay… sya mismo din ang nakinabang dyan.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KNWCMVMPABEZBCMA36S7FJAKQM orchid

     Jinggoy, you were elected by the people to clean up the mess in the government and not create another mess.

  • Lucio V. Liwanag

    With so many staffs and advisers and still you do not know what happened, so ridiculous , if it’s just a small amount of money we may accept your fault but we are talking of millions… just be honest and tell us what did you do with that money !!

    • JuanTamadachi

      Sen Unggoy most probably pocketed a significant portion of it via a mechanism called  “returning commission”.

  • nonato

    Palusot ka pa Jinggoy mana ka nga sa tatay!! Corrupt!!
    Imagine 100 million pesos di mo alam kung san mapupunta!!

  • acaldejr

    OMG!  Would you believe that they don’t know?  Millions of pesos, people’s money…and they don’t know?  I am speechless, really!

  • superlucky2

    LUKUHIN MO JINGGOY TATAY MONG CORRUPT. PALUSOT KA PA, SAAN KA PA MAMANA SYEMPRE KI ERAP THE CONVICTED PLUNDERER. KAPAL MUKHA MO JINGGOY. SHAME ON YOU JINGGOY. ANG MGA ESTRADA TALAGANG MGA CORRUPT MANA SA TATAY NILANG MANGDURUGAS…

  • Billy Reyes

    The System is completely wrong, the LAWMAKERS should not have the privilege of having funds for distribution according to his/her discretion.

    Bakit sobrang napakasakim, napaka swapang nating mga Pilipino. Kung tutuusin yong mga senador nabubuhay na sila ng marangya Why They still think of stealing money. What more they want in their life.
     Warren Buffett worth 40 billion dollars, he live in his only 40 years old house bought in 1960’s for 60K$, drive a 15 years old car.
    He asked the US government to tax him more. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WO5UYAJB5BR3W6V6DQSRIAMF5Q Carolina

    Talagang hindi na dapat na ipagwalang-bahala ang mga ganito. Real names are quoted here, a certain  “Petronila Balmaceda” (even sounds like my name!), and for Mindanao, the place where I grew up, the place that im obsessed about. Wow, times are really fraught with all kinds of dangers, it’s not enough that you’re having lurkers around you watching you. Considering the implications brought forward by this set-up, I’m one of us here who would like to see an honest-to-goodness investigation this time, see if there’s some truth to it, that it’s not just another form of justification to some grievous corrupt practice committed for the nth time against the Filipinos. We’ve always clamored for some fairness… to no avail.  Must be one of the reasons really, why they dont like to pass the FOI bill. Money gets traced, and they get no more reason to stay. But we hope we get to see some action, really, a transparent process to the inquiry/investigation, if the NGO and its president are real entities and not one of those concocted tales. Tsk tsk, heap all the blame on other people, confuse us mightily again, further leave the coffers poor by several millions just investigating #!

  • BOYPDAF

    Ang imbestigasyon na sinasabi mo Unggoy Estrada ay parang CD na pirata na pinaghiraman ng mgkakapitbahay pagkatapos panuurin…gasgas na gasgas na!pero ung bulsa mo gasgas na sa kapal ng laman na pera!dpat ikaw, si Bobong Revilla,at Tandang Enrile sama mo pa si Velarde ang humabol sa pinagbgyan nio ng pera,magbibigay kayu di nio alam kung san gagamitin mga ugok!tatawag ka pa ng imbesTIGASyon..aaksayahin mo pa pera ng bayan!ulol

  • elgeepee

    Pambihira talaga mga senators natin, napakagaling gumawa ng pagkaperahan. Ipakita ninyo ngayon na malinis kayo. Tandaan natin ESTRADA, ENRILE AT REVILLA MGA ?????? 

  • Jane Tan

    The dynasty of stupidity continues. Kahit pala katangan napapasa.

  • wakats

    Another stupid suggestion – jinggoy calling for a senate probe?

    We already know the verdict – the DA is guilty and those sexy representatives of PFI who convinced the senatongs to channel their porks to their non-existing entity – for pangkabuhayan consideration?

     

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CTFA5QAJTDB6LAX6LFFITK7FKY willie

    Sounds like a rehash of Joseph Estrada’s denial that he did not pocket jueteng money or that he is not corrupt.

    Like Father, Like Son. Chronic Liars. Chronic cheats.

    The nation does not deserve being raped by  these Estrada idiots.

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