Quantcast
Latest Stories

Recto, Poe to call for probe of pork scam

By

Senators Grace Poe and Ralph Recto. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Senators Ralph Recto and Grace Poe on Monday announced plans to file resolutions calling for an inquiry into the alleged misuse of lawmakers’ pork barrel funds.

Recto said an inquiry had become imperative after the Commission on Audit (COA) released a special report on Friday that established purported patterns of abuse of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

Poe told reporters she would zero in on the “regulation and use” of nongovernment organizations (NGOs) in “questionable government transactions” mentioned in the COA report.

She said she wanted to establish the role of NGOs to put an end to the “squandering” of government funds. “The amounts are no longer just in the millions but in the tens of billions of pesos and has become complex that NGOs and peoples’ organizations are utilized to masquerade illegal activities.”

Earlier, Sen. Francis Escudero filed a resolution calling for an inquiry following reports that the National Bureau of Investigation was piecing together how P10 billion worth of PDAF of five senators and 23 congressmen allegedly ended in the hands of fake NGOs created by businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles for the past 10 years.

No ‘old boys’ club’

Escudero said the investigation was necessary to dispel suspicions that Congress operated as an “old boys’ club” that would not discipline its members.

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV has also joined the group clamoring for the probe, saying “immense public pressure” required the senators to face the issue squarely “if we are to survive as an institution.”

“The Senate cannot look away from this pork barrel scandal anymore,” Trillanes said.

Sen. Gregorio Honasan, who allegedly authorized the release of P15 million to Napoles’ network, said calls for a Senate inquiry was “premature” and should await the outcome of investigations being conducted by the NBI, the Department of Justice and the Office of the Ombudsman.

Senate President Franklin Drilon earlier urged these agencies to expedite their investigations to allow lawmakers linked to the scam to defend themselves.

Angara defended

Also on Monday, a member of an anticorruption group defended former Sen. Edgardo Angara who the COA said was a stockholder of an NGO that had been a beneficiary of his PDAF.

Demaree Raval, vice president of the Philippine branch of Transparency International based in Berlin, Germany, said in a statement that the COA report that named Angara, who was linked to Kalusugan ng Bata and the Karunungan ng Bayan Foundation, was “still subject to validation.”

“Let’s go slow in making a judgment. Until we get the Ombudsman to lodge indictments against those members of our Congress who actually conspired with fake NGOs, we cannot say for sure that this senator or that congressman is guilty of anything,” he stressed.

“I see malice whenever Senator Angara is mentioned alongside the others mentioned in the COA report. All activities of the NGOs associated with Senator Angara are fully documented; the releases made to them have all been liquidated. They have annual reports which detail the activities, recipients of such activities, and the amounts spent for each activity,” Raval explained.


Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Grace Poe , pork scam , Probe , Ralph Recto , Senate




Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
  1. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  2. ‘Mom, I love you,’ says text from student on sinking ferry
  3. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  4. Massive infra spending set
  5. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  6. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  7. Passengers denied chance to escape sinking South Korea ferry
  8. South Korea president shouted down by distraught parents
  9. Two Popes who would be saints
  10. Lacson’s wife loses diamond earring to thieves but recovers jewelry quickly with police arrest
  1. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  2. Suspect in Vhong Navarro mauling tries to leave PH
  3. Fr. Suarez says last Mass on Easter before returning donated land to San Miguel
  4. MH370 co-pilot made mid-flight phone call – report
  5. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  6. I’ll follow my conscience on Estrada, says JV Ejercito
  7. ‘Wife of Jesus’ theory papyrus not fake – Harvard study
  8. Gay college instructor arrested for oral sex with student
  9. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  10. Palace: We can’t blame increase in population on Vitangcol
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Pork payoffs to newscasters Erwin Tulfo, Del Prado, others bared
  4. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  5. Model Helena Belmonte wished ‘to slash her wrist and hope to die’
  6. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  7. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  8. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  9. Police rule out foul play in Helena Belmonte’s death as boyfriend is ‘traumatized’
  10. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
Advertisement

News

  • Tens of thousands travel by sea this Holy Week
  • Police: Dad smothered toddler to play video game
  • 7 killed in shooting in China-Vietnam border
  • Chinese trade group to mediate shoe factory strike
  • Malaysia, Australia in deal on black box custody–report
  • Sports

  • Pacquiao shorts in Bradley fight sold for P1.7M in LA auction
  • Ryu pitches Dodgers past Giants
  • Alonso sets the pace in Chinese GP practice
  • Heat seek Three-peat but Spurs, Pacers top seeds
  • Can Spurs get back at Heat? Can they survive West?
  • Lifestyle

  • Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87
  • Ford Mustang turns 50 atop Empire State Building
  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • Entertainment

  • EXO postpones release of mini album ‘Overdose’
  • ‘X-men’ filmmaker slams ‘fabricated’ sex attack claims
  • Singer Chris Brown’s bodyguard on trial in DC
  • Whoopi Goldberg debuts as marijuana columnist
  • ‘X-men’ director accused of sex assault on teen boy
  • Business

  • Italy sells luxury state cars on eBay
  • Asian shares mostly up in quiet trade
  • Dollar up in Asia on US jobs data, Ukraine deal
  • Barbie doll has a problem
  • Oil prices mixed ahead of long Easter weekend
  • Technology

  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Filipinos #PrayForSouthKorea
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • DoH denies Filipino nurse no longer positive for MERS virus
  • WHO warns vs spread of MERS-Cov, urges vigilance in taking precautions
  • Last call for nominations to ’14 Presidential Awards
  • San Francisco business coalition slams proposed tax on sugary drinks
  • A ‘time-travel’ production of ‘Les Miserable’ at Stanford
  • Marketplace
    Advertisement