Fongwan offered part in PDAF scam-A A +A
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Governor Nestor Fongwan said the offer to partake of the controversial priority development assistance fund (PDAF) was once set before him but said it was too tempting to take.
Fongwan said he turned down the offer to just sign papers and in exchange a ready check was to be given.
"Kaliwaan lang, but I declined," the governor revealed.
Fongwan said his signature was a requirement for purchase order checks, the last step in the bidding and procurement process of the government, making it appear a real bidding took place.
"But I just said 'no' that time," he added.
The governor is all for the probe in the PDAF fund mess, which points to officials in the province and Malampaya funds, which show relief funds for the province never reaching the highlands after the 2009 typhoons.
Fongwan said both controversies have "deprived the province and the people of funds."
Fongwan said the funding for the Malampaya was intended in part for the area of Little Kibungan, which was badly hit during typhoon Pepeng.
The Malampaya share of funding for the province after the typhoon was supposed to go to relocation sites, roads as well as infrastructure projects for the province.
"It is very hard to ask for projects, [kaya] masama din ang loob ko dyan," Fongwan lamented.
Fongwan has earlier advised provincial officials linked to the PDAF controversy to lawyer up and prove their innocence.
The Commission on Audit already wrote letters to officials who served during the time of former representative Samuel Dangwa to shed light on the issues surrounding Janet Napoles' pork barrel controversy.
Fongwan said the mayors will be given the chance to clear their names. He 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.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 03, 2013.