Group that got solon’s pork ‘bogus’

Foundation tagged beneficiary of Padilla PDF linked to other scams

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BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya—The foundation that received pork barrel funds from Nueva Vizcaya Rep. Carlos Padilla could no longer be located, but it left a trace of alleged anomalies in the disbursement of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of lawmakers.

Verification made by the Philippine Daily Inquirer showed that Aaron Foundation Philippines Inc. (Afpi), which is being linked to the anomalous release of Padilla’s PDAF from 2007 to 2009, showed that it had been involved in the P724-million fertilizer fund scam in 2004.

“There appears to be a clear pattern by which bogus foundations were used as supposed channels of the PDAF, but did not actually reach their intended beneficiaries,” said a Commission on Audit (COA) source.

The COA earlier identified Afpi as conduit of Padilla’s PDAF that supposedly went to about 2,500 residents of at least five towns in Nueva Vizcaya for training programs and materials.

The projects were supposedly implemented by the Technology Resource Center (TRC) of the Department of Science and Technology, through training programs, livelihood kits and information materials to supposed beneficiaries.

Upon validation by the COA, however, town officials said no such projects were implemented in their areas and that the names listed as beneficiaries were not their constituents.

Padilla denied his involvement in the selection of Afpi. “It was the TRC [which] got the funds and implemented the project. Hence, I do not really know [Afpi],” he said, adding that his signature was forged in the documents used for the release of the funds.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) website showed that Afpi was first registered as a nonstock corporation in March 1999. However, a copy of its articles of incorporation showed that it was registered on June 2, 2008.

A check at its listed office address on 763 J. Planas Street in Gagalangin, Tondo, Manila, last week showed that it was a three-story house owned by the family of Alfredo Ronquillo, Afpi president and chief executive officer. The office telephone number on record is inactive.

Ronquillo’s wife, Juliet, told Inquirer that her husband died in 2007 and their house was never used for a foundation.

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  • Benzar Hernandez Patron

    Freedom of Information Act or law will deter corrupt act. Pass the Freedom of Information Act or law so that people can scrutinize public officials transactions and actions.

  • Komen To

    So thats it? If legislators don’t care about the funds they release, why do they still want pork barrels? Legislators should be responsible for the usage of their funds, otherwise, this becomes a milking cow

  • bayankopdi

    This is SOP among the senators and congressmen…when cought they say they have no knowledge of the foundation and say their signatures were forged….who knows these foudations are made by these senators and congressmen so the PDAF goes back to them….it;s so easy to create a foudation…if this is the case ABOLISH PORK BARRELS, THESE PORK BARRELS ARE THE ROUT OF CORRUPTION,…NO WONDER SENATORS AND CONGRESSMEN SPEND MILLIONS OF MILLIONS JUST TO BE ELECTED WITH A SALARY OF 90,000 A MONTH….

  • Jerome

    Same old stories, party is bogus and could no longer be located. Ploy lang yan ng mga politician just to be off the hooked pero nasa kanila din ang pera. You would be stupid if you would believe them

  • $16638896

    tangna tlga tong mga demonyong pulitiko natin, pumunta sana lahat kayo sa impyerno mga hayop kayo! napaka careless nyo pagdating sa pera ng bayan samantalang maraming students ang di makapag aral dahil walang pang tuition tapos ung pdaf nyo kung kani kanino nyo lng binibgay!

  • Roderick Osal

    who approached cong. padilla & trc??? MULTO!!!! siguro naman bago nagrelease sila(padilla & trc) meron nagpresent ng programa sa kanila??? nagkaroon ba silang lahat ng amnesia????

  • Loggnat

    Pork barrel funds for Rep. Padilla should be withheld until every penny is accounted for and the House should look into any negligence or other violations of rules in regards to the accountability and transparency in managing his PDAF. It will also serve as a warning to other lawmakers that accountability of their PDAF will be seriously scrutinized by the Commission on Audit (COA) and the current administration regardless of party affiliation. Well… that was what I was hoping for!.

  • Yonon Dilag

    Creating bogus foundations is just one of the ‘discarte’ of congressmen and senators to rob the people of hard earned money.Why not force the abolition of PDAF thru plebiscite ?Kung hihintayin natin ang mga politico ang gumawa ng hakbang wala tayong maaasahan diyan.Pork Barrel is the root of all evils in the Philippine politics,let’s admit it.Abolish it ,the Daang Matuwid goal is half-way accomplished.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3UAABFPUE5ZKBXOAGLWL6POGWU joel genese

    Imposibleng hindi kilala o walang alam ang mga kongesista at senadores sa mga bogus na recipient ng kanilang pdaf. Kung ako ang kongresista at gusto kong magpasikat sa aking konstituent, gamitin ko ang aking pdaf para sa paggawa ng mga kalsada. Sa ganun, popogi ako sa aking lugar. At bakit ko naman ipamimigay sa mga hindi ko kilalang foundation ang aking “pork”? Malamang sa hindi, pag aari din ng mga kongresista at senadores ang mga pekeng foundations.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charles-Lynel-F-Joven/685946584 Charles Lynel F. Joven

    you legislators are so disgusting…why don’t we abolish the House of Representathieves and Senate?

  • JosengSisiw1

    Padilla & Jinggoy have same stupid alibis..No it’s only them… it’s most of them.

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