The so-called “pork barrel” scam is targeting only critics of the Aquino administration, a lawmaker claimed, noting that the controversy is bigger than it seems.
Some 98 lawmakers in the 14th and 12th Congress had donated funds to questionable non-government organizations, Abakada Party-list Rep. Jonathan Dela Cruz said.
The dubious transactions, he said, involved about P2.2 billion in priority development assistance fund had been given to 244 dubious non-government organizations.
Citing a draft report from the Commission on Audit (CoA), Dela Cruz said the amount was coursed through the following groups:
Kabuhayan at Kalusugan Alay sa Masa Foundation (KKAMFI)
ITO Na Movement Foundation Inc. (ITO NA MI)
Social Development Program for Farmers Foundation Inc. (SDPFFI)
Masaganang Ani Para sa Magsasaka Foundation Inc. (MAMFI)
Countrywide Agri and Rural Economic (CARE) Foundation Inc.
Antipolo Social Alliance for Progress Inc. (ASAP)
Masaganang mga Bukirin Foundation Inc. (MBFI)
Agrikultura pasa sa mga Magbubukid Foundation Inc. (AMFI)
Agri and Economic Program for Farmers’ Foundation Inc. (AEPFFI)
Commoners Foundation Inc.
Sagip Buhay People’s Support Foundation (SBPSF)
Asia World Sanctuary and Development Inc.
Hand-made Living Foundation Inc (HMLF)
Improve Health, Education, and Livelihood in the Philippines (I-HELP)
Global Support Link Foundation Inc.
Dela Cruz questioned COA for failing to release such documents, especially in light of the pork barrel scam which implicated five senators and 23 congressmen.
The P10-billion pork barrel scam allegedly benefitted various foundations established by businesswoman Janet Napoles-Lim.
“I got this document from my source. Bakit selective ang releasing ng names (Why are they selective in revealing names)?” Dela Cruz asked.
Dela Cruz complained that CoA only released reports about questionable transactions affect critics of President Benigno Aquino III.
Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez concurred, as he challenged the Aquino administration to be fair in conducting investigation on all reported corrupt transactions.
“It’s high time that the administration face the fact that it’s in their hands. They should take responsibility for all defects, anomaly, and corruption allegation,” Romualdez said.
Romualdez, a known ally of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, urged Aquino to also probe incumbent congressmen and senators involved in questionable transactions.
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