By Cynthia D. Balana
State prosecutors have asked the Sandiganbayan to reject for lack of legal basis the request of three former officials of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) accused of plunder in connection with the alleged misuse of some P366 million in PCSO intelligence funds to spend Christmas and New Year in their respective homes.
The Ombudsman has no proof that former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo had profited from the intelligence funds of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) which makes the plunder case against her “as tenuous as the electoral sabotage case filed by the Commission on Elections,” her lawyer said.
The total intelligence funds liquidated by the entire government machinery in 2010 is P2.5 billion, the Commission on Audit said Thursday at the resumption of the Senate investigation into the alleged anomalous use of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office funds.
By Louie Garcia
Senators are pushing for reforms in the use of intelligence funds by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) after an inquiry into their status revealed that millions of pesos were either used for “blood money” or were unaccounted for under the Arroyo administration.
By Leila Salaverria
Bayan Muna partylist lawmakers Teodoro Casiño and Neri Colmenares filed on Tuesday plunder charges against former president and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and former PCSO general manager Rosario Uriarte for their alleged mishandling of the PCSO funds.