COA: Pork used for ghost projects

Report says Padilla allocation went to nonresidents, fake beneficiaries



BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya—Livelihood projects funded by the 2009 pork barrel allocation of Rep. Carlos Padilla went to recipients that turned out to be fake beneficiaries, Commission on Audit (COA) documents showed.

COA records showed that an unspecified amount of Padilla’s Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) that was supposedly for livelihood projects went to beneficiaries from at least five Nueva Vizcaya towns who are nonresidents, as certified by local officials.

The alleged anomaly was exposed by the mayors following media reports on the estimated P195 million in PDAF of three senators and a former representative that supposedly went to a questionable nongovernment organization in 2011.

Local officials said the recent controversy resembled Padilla’s PDAF-funded projects, which were checked by COA and which the mayors certified were nonexistent.

“We are a bit alarmed by the report because this happened under our noses, and some people may have [benefited] at the expense of our poor constituents,” said a mayor who asked not to be named for fear of reprisal.

COA records showed that from 2007 to 2009, Padilla’s PDAF was used on training programs, livelihood kits and information materials for beneficiaries in Aritao, Dupax del Norte, Dupax del Sur, Villaverde and Diadi towns.

Based on COA records, the projects were supposedly implemented by the Technology and Livelihood Resource Center (TLRC) of the Department of Science and Technology, and funds were released to Aaron Foundation Philippines Inc., a nongovernment organization.

Among the documents submitted to COA are photocopies of a nine-page alphabetical list of at least 450 supposed recipients, without specific addresses, which were stamped as “paid.”

But Padilla denied any involvement in the manipulation of the projects, saying that he, too, found the beneficiary list spurious.

“I had told them of my strong suspicion that the names and addresses on the list are bogus or fake. Even my own signature was also forged,” Padilla said by telephone on Monday.

He said in a previous budget hearing, he confronted TLRC officials about the anomaly and urged them to cooperate with COA.

“I asked them to expedite the investigation and file charges against those who are responsible,” said Padilla.

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  • mabyrik

    Stupid argument. Padilla mimicked Enrile’s alibis that even his signature was forged. 

    Hey Padilla,  of course, you did not sign the docs or you will be in trouble. You allow others to sign for you so that in case COA finds out, you can easily wiggle easily out of trouble. 
    But nobody buys that.

    But the biggest problem is, the money is now gone and into the pockets of you know who.
    Grabe, kapal talaga ng mga ito. Nakakasuka!!! 

    Hey Jinggoy, Enrile, Revilla, samahan nga ninyo itong si Padilla, puro kayo magnanakaw ng kaban ng bayan. Mga peste kayo!!!

  • Heartrob ng Pugad Baboy

    The secret is out.

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    The poor will stay poor.  The rich politicians will keep amassing wealth at the expense of poor Filipinos.
    A new revolution is needed to fix the level playing field. 

    • Juanito Garcia

      halos lahat sa kanila ay magnanakaw kahit deny nang deny. ang simpleng solution, tanggalin ang pork barrel. the result will be two birds with one stone: pati dynasty mawawala.

  • garcia677

    The alibi of Padilla that he was surprise of the COA finding is absurd and unacceptable as a fact since in the first place why shall he allow his PDAF to be given to an NGO without his knowledge? Impossible to believe. Like what Enrile, Estrada, Revilla et al did as discovered by COA, this modus operandi is a syndicated crime practiced by these legislators to amass wealth.

  • Darwin

    Another stupidiot politician. Dear baby jesus, may lightning strike me when wins a congressional seat again.

  • destierro

    Padilla is using the Jinggoy defense:

    1)I don’t know. 2) My signature was forged. 3) File a case against the guilty parties.

    It went from 2007-2009 and he is claiming he DID NOT KNOW what was happening then to his PDAF. At the very least, that’s fiscal irresponsibility.  He should not, same with Jinggoy, Bong and Enrile, be trusted with public funds.

  • PinoyPinoyako

    Huli ka na magpapalusot ka pa…Authorities should file a case and put this corrupt man to Prison where he belongs…It should be done NOW !!!

  • danny

    Dapat tanggalin na yang pork barrel na yan !!!

  • Ping Gonzales


  • Serom

    As usual…. DENY…. DENY…. DENY!  LAHAT NAMAN NAGDE-DENY EH.  Kunwari wala silang alam but these senators and congressmen are the ones implementing their projects.  In this case, ginagamit lang TLRC.  Sigurado involved din head of TLRC but the biggest thief is Padilla.

    Marami pang ganito ang nangyayari, di lang nailalantad.  I hope everyone would be exposed.

  • tanga_hanga_ni_abnoy

    kaya nga tanggalin n lang yang pork barrel na yan..hindi kaya sementeryo ang project na yan? daming ghosto talaga mag tongresman

    • Serom

       Livelihood projects yan kasi TLRC implementing agency.  Kunwari nagpaseminar sila livelihood seminar.  Syempre may pondo yon.  Kaya lang mga ghost ang umatend kasi sabi ni kapitan di naman residents ng kanyang baranggay mga yon.

      I believe the most of the funds was pocketed by Padilla with the connivance of TLRC officials.

  • tata_boy

    Panahon na para ibasura ang pork barrel, matagal na tayong ginagago ng mga ganid na senatong at tongressmen.

  • Serom

    Scrap the pork and no one would run for congress and senate!  Solve na rin anti-dynasty.

  • coty

    what of it? most if not all of them does the same so why should he ( Padilla) be different?! 

  • Philcruz

    These lawmakers just do not have the time nor the willingness to give the time necessary to pre-evaluate, monitor and control their pork barrel fund disbursements. The very reason why they should not be allocated such funds.

    Their work is lawmaking, not executive work.

  • Lucio V Liwanag

    ABOLISH PORK BARREL…..and we will see that there would be less candidates willing to serve the people (kuno), So many TRAPOS everywhere

    • kolambogan

      I agree with you Lucio, but come to think of it, why not abolish pork barrel and at the same time educate the people to stop electing people of dubious credentials and characters, people without sense of priorities and delicadeza. Like aspiring families who have grown so rich being politicians or married and related, to one while the constituents have to scrimp and save to provide them continued enjoyment of, their scandalous cling to power, administration after administration.

  • whyinthisworld

    If this is true, then jail him the sooner the better. That easy.

  • Serom

    Just imagine, a barangay could have been allocated 1 million pesos for a one week livelihood project seminar to cover for the livelihood kits, meals and meryenda.  And all the participants are ghosts.  And they conducted the same seminar in many barangays under the congressional district of Padilla.  This is big time robbery in broad daylight.

    He just paid the clerical works of preparing the listings of the ghosts and the ghosts’ signatures.  And there is no addresses of these ghosts.

    And he would deny later on and avers that TLRC conducted these ghosts seminars and he has nothing to do with it! 

  • maypakialamtayo

    nagsasayang lang tayo ng oras sa kaka-comment dito, wala namang nangyayare, pare-pareho lang namang magnanakaw yan, as in parepareho.

    • kolambogan

      Tabalu my friend, if you will throw in the towel now, it’s only the bastards and low life in government service will be benefitted. Don’t think of yourself, think about your family’s future if they will be allowed to continue stealing from you without a fight. They must be stop, and start by not electing UNA candidates and people who became very rich being politicians.

  • ADD

    For those real Filipinos out there who love our country let start a campaign by putting the following words in our comment: “REMOVE THE PORK BARREL NOW!”  

  • ADD

    Pag natangal na ang Pork Barrel makikita na natin kung nasa puso ba ng ating mga Senatong at Tongressman ang pagtulong sa kapwa o meron lang silang pagkakakitaan kaya sila tumakbo sa pulitika.


    • WeAry_Bat

       If it was salary only, then I wouldn’t want the job of the president, senator, nor congressman. 

      How else to explain campaign expenses in the millions when the total salary for the duration of the tenure would not pay off the expenses?

  • vince_bugaboo

    PDAF—Phantom NGOs—sariling BULSA.

    Matagal na nila sigurong ginagawa ito. At hindi nakapag-tataka kung walang kumikibo sa mg HaYUP kasi lahat sila ginagawa ito, so sinong magpa-paputok?

  • $8278216

    Ito ang pinaka magandang performance na ginagawa ng COA, panahon ng alisin ang pork barrel na ito sa mga kamay ng senador,,,,huwag kayong magkakaila na mga senador na hinde ninyo ito alam?,,,dapat imbistigahan silang lahat at kung mapatunanayan hubaran ang mga ito at ikulong ng habang buhay,,pweeeeeeee….mga legal na sindikato ang karamihang politicong bwesettt

  • $5699914

    Eliminate Pork Barrel.

  • Pedro


  • kolambogan

    How come that idiots in government have that authority and power to distribute  people’s money in mock abandon? I dare say, that they are there because they believe they can fool the people, they can dodge accountability because they can buy or silence anyone who will thwart their shenanigans and rape of government and all of the institutions it represent with the help of their co-legislators, money hungry buddies in the judiciary and in the armed services, apart from their own hacks, families and sycophants/goons. The Philippines had been the laughing stock the world over for the bunch of nincompoops, kleptos, maniacs and good for nothing politicians who craft laws for it’s people. What do you think, are the kind of laws they will create, promulgate and implement? No one need to be a rocket scientist to figure the answer to this kind of anomaly. People should stop punishing themselves electing these kind of people in government, In my list tops Jun, Magsaysay, to him I give 5 stars and all the best attribute of fine and good public servant, who does not sing and dance, do not give lip service, never was involved in graft and corruption or stealing from the people, with delicadeza, he does not covet government positions for his own family, thereby giving qualified countrymen and women an equal chance to be leader of his country. UNA candidates is a joke and a curse on every Filipino, they are not suppose to be there, their only purpose is to steal the chance of the Philippine’s to recover from a very bad reality of having a present crop of aspiring and good for nothing sitting politicians who support them. All boys and women in the gang having the same mentality in the “Den of Thieves.”   

  • WeAry_Bat

    Good luck na lang, I have never heard of anyone big getting jailed over these cases.

  • WeAry_Bat

    ‘Wala akong alam’  is the current trend, the trend of feigned ignorance.

    There should be a facebook movement for remembering those who do not know:

    Ignorant Officials of the Filipinos (IOF)
    Why the Philippines needs FOI to help those in the government

    To help put them in jail as soon as they sign the money-stealing activity.

  • Charles Lynel F. Joven

    abolish the pork barrel…!!!!

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