Guv advises Benguet mayors to get lawyers-A A +A
Monday, September 2, 2013
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Governor Nestor Fongwan is advising provincial officials who have been linked to the pork barrel controversy to lawyer up and prove their innocence.
Officials who served under the time of former representative Samuel Dangwa have been sent letters from the Commission on Audit to shed light on the issues surrounding Janet Napoles and the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) known as the pork barrel controversy.
Documents show over P62 million was given to Dangwa as part of his share of pork barrel funds and later transferred to local chief executives to be used for development projects for the province.
The governor said Benguet mayors stand firm their signatures were forged in the documents but stressed, "They should start preparing themselves."
Fongwan said the mayors will be given the chance to clear their names in connection with the scam, which has hogged national headlines implicating five senators and 23 members of the House of Representatives.
There are reports that fours areas in the province were recipients of the PDAF under the organizations: People’s Organization for Progress and Development Foundation, Inc. and Countryside Agri and Rural Economic Development Foundation, Inc.
Fongwan said the investigation will do the implicated chief executives’ good and will be a venue to clear their names as well. "Maganda na ma-investigate yan," he said.
The governor said the mayors implicated in the release of PDAF projects must make the necessary affidavits and legal papers to be able to attest their signatures were forged, to avoid further talks and doubts.
Dangwa has since retired from politics and is now 77 years old, now enjoying his life as a private citizen. In earlier reports the former representative has denied involvement in the issue.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 03, 2013.