Senator Richard Gordon allegedly allocated P193-million to the Philippine Red Cross since 2004 to 2011 from his Priority Development Assistance Fund or PDAF.
According to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, as the chairman and CEO of the Philippine Red Cross, Gordon was able to use its funds for his personal interest.
Trillanes alleged there are projects not for Red Cross and have not undergone public bidding.
“There are several instances that they have procurement that have no connection to the mandate of Red Cross but had a connection with the campaign of Sen. Gordon in 2010,” Trillanes said.
Sen. Trillanes plans to request the Commission on Audit to conduct a special audit of the public funds allotted to the Red Cross.
The charges filed by Trillanes against Gordon include plunder because the alleged misused fund is over P50-million.
Gordon is also facing charges for violating the article VI of the Constitution or the Provision on the Conflict of Interest; Violation of the Republic Act No. 6713 or the Code of Ethics and Ethical Standards for public officials and employees; malversation; Government Procurement Act at Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.
Trillanes said should the Ombudsman rules in favor of the case, Gordon might be ousted as Senator.
“When the Ombudsman issues a dismissal, we can use it as basis in the Committee on Ethics to remove him from the Senate,” Trillanes said.
Trillanes also file charges against the Secretary-General of the Philippine Red Cross, Gwendolyn Pang.
The UNTV News still awaits the response of Senator Gordon on the said complaint. – Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue
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