NegOcc lawmakers get P725-M ‘pork’: Audit-A A +A
Monday, August 19, 2013
A TOTAL of P752 million in Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or “pork” barrel were released to six congressional districts in Negros Occidental from years 2007 to 2009.
This was contained in the Special Audit Report of the Commission on Audit (COA) chaired by Grace Pulido-Tan, which further reveal that 1st District Rep. Julio Ledesma IV received a total of P129 million; Rep. Alfredo Maranon III (2nd District) -- P120 million; Rep. Jose Carlos Lacson (3rd District) -- P134 million; Jeffrey Ferrer (4th District) -- P100 million; Ignacio Arroyo (deceased) of 5th District -- P179 million; and Genaro Alvarez (6th District) -- P90 million.
The COA revelation -- which did not specify where the said funds released were spent -- surfaced in the heels of the ongoing inquiry into the controversial pork barrel funds from the discovery of the alleged fictitious non-government organizations owned by businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles.
The pork barrel funds of senators and members of the House of Representatives were allegedly coursed through Napoles, who is now subject to a nationwide manhunt by law enforcement agencies.
COA conducted a special audit of the 2007 to 2009 funds allocated to congressmen and senators as PDAF, totaling to P8.37 billion and various infrastructure including local projects at P32.664 billion, which represented 58 percent and 32 percent, respectively, of the total funds allocated by the government for the said expenditures.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 19, 2013.