DA audit team to expect resistance from mayors-A A +A
Friday, August 30, 2013
THE special audit team from the Department of Agriculture, which is now in Negros Occidental’s 1st District to investigate the dispersal of projects through non-government organizations, should expect resistance and non-cooperation from the mayors, a provincial agriculturist said.
Provincial agriculturist Igmedio Tabianan said the special audit team should expect non-cooperation because the mayors of the local government units are supporters of Rep. Julio Ledesma IV (1st District).
"If that happens, maybe they should go to the barangay level," Tabianan said, as he said that the team met with him Wednesday afternoon as part of their validation.
He said the team is composed of three women and is scheduled to meet with the respective mayors of San Carlos City, Calatrava, Escalante City and Don Salvador Benedicto.
Earlier, Dan Pondevilla, lawyer of Ledesma said the lawmaker's camp is open to any investigation by any independent body.
He said that contrary to media reports, “the PDAF of Congressman Jules (Ledesma) was given to legitimate government agencies.”
The Commission on Audit bared in a special audit report on Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) that covers the period from 2007 to 2009 the alleged use of PDAF, including those released to Ledesma, the late Rep. Ignacio Arroyo (5th District) and former congressman Jose Carlos Lacson (3rd District).
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 30, 2013.