COA pushed to release final report on lawmakers use of PDAF



Former Senator Ernesto Maceda. FILE PHOTO

PAMPANGA, Philippines — The Commission on Audit (COA) should come out with a final report on questionable uses by lawmakers of their priority development assistance fund (PDAF) instead of releasing information by installment, a candidate of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) said here Saturday.

Former senator Ernesto Maceda told reporters at the sidelines of a sortie in Candaba that he was curious as to why COA was revealing the questionable use of pork barrel bit by bit.

The COA reported the alleged questionable use of the PDAF by Senator Gregorio Honasan and former lawmakers Risa Hontiveros and Alfonso Umali Jr.

The report indicated that Honasan, Hontiveros and Umali released millions in funding for organizations which the COA said was a misuse of the PDAF.

Hontiveros and Umali are with the Liberal Party coalition of President Benigno Aquino III. Hontiveros is running for senator.

“Why don’t they just release the entire report and file cases?” Maceda asked in Filipino.

The COA has released a similar report on the supposedly questionable use of the PDAF by Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and Senate President Pro Tempore Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada.

Maceda said he would not lecture those tagged in the two reports as to how the funds should be utilized, saying that their goal as senators were to provide funding for projects.

He said that he “cannot preach them for any misuse of the funds” as it was the organizations’ responsibility to ensure that the funding released were used appropriately.

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  • axe musk

    What would you expect to see if only “mere” Certifications were used as attachments on their PDAF reimbursements??? They were themselves Lawmakers, that’s why they cannot make amendments on the req’ts. for reimbursements, otherwise they are incriminating themselves, bec. MAJORITY if NOT ALL “SINators & TONGressmen” were joining the gov’t. to STEAL from the People’s Hard earned money through the taxes…..

  • Fulpol

    Maceda is not yet old enough to change his image… going to be “gay”..

    being “gay” in politics especially in Senate has a bigger edge in winning the election..

    look at Escudero, Cayetano, Noynoy, Lacson, and now Bam, Angara, Koko and Trillanes..


    MACEDA when young: “SO YOUNG and SO CORRUPT!”

    MACEDA when old: “SO OLD and still CORRUPT!”

  • wakats

    COA’s disclosure of PDAF scam, whether piecemeal or not, highlights congress’ corruption in grandiose scale as repeatedly mentioned by Ping on his refusal to touch his annual PDAF allocations.

    It also emphasizes why so many want to be senatongs or tongressmen – not to serve but to enrich themselves at government’s expense…..

  • Weder-Weder Lang

    I honestly don’t believe that COA Chair Grace Pulido-Tan is playing politics. Her disarming cherubic cheeks should be enough to convince Manong Maceda that Grace is a force for good. COA Commissioner Heidi Mendoza however is only following orders of the palace. If COA refuses to release the full report of 2012 for CY 2011, it is only because the COA commissioner is obeying the president who appointed her.

    But even without the full COA report, UNA can expose the unliquidated and misused PDAFs of PNoy’s allies. It’s all in the website of Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (pcij,org). There’s a recent article on “Slabs of Pork and Bogus NGOs” which unequivocally indicts PNoy for increasing PDAF budget at an all time high. If PDAF breeds corruption, then PNoy is breeding unprecedented corruption for larding the legislature with unprecedented pork. Simply put, PNoy is the enabler of corruption because he gave corrupt people more pork and placed his corrupt friends or better known as KKK in government.

    LINK: pcij,org/blog/2013/03/01/of-slabs-of-pork-and-bogus-ngos

    Note: The same PCIJ cited above also exposed the anomalies in the PDAFs Franklin Drilon and Edong Angara as recent as 2012. By publicizing these anomalies even more, UNA can hurt LP’s credibility as the party of reform.

  • Harry

    The legislators cannot claim innocence on the anomalous allocations of their PDAFs. They must be held accountable for every centavo they received from the Filipino people.

    As of now, very few (maybe none) believed that those money did not go into circuitous paths and ended up in their pockets.

    If they cannot assure the people that their PDAFs are going to be spent wisely then they should not accept their pork barrels.

  • JasonBieber

    What is the point to push for this? If you are Team PNoy or PNoy KKK you are free to move about and do as you please without fear of facing any consequence for your actions.

    But if you are Team PNoy opposition, you don’t even get PDAF.

  • disqusted0fu

    The tuwid na daan is in full effect. As long as you are in team Pnoy, it is okay for you to misuse your PDAF. It’s really a straight path that leads to nowhere for Filipinos but it’s a path that leads to the pot of gold for the KKKs.

    Speaking of misuse, whatever happened to the misuse of PCSO funds by the board members of Pnoy that was cited by COA? Another example of the straight path…

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