Palace brands reports linking Roxas to pork scam as malicious-A A +A
Thursday, September 5, 2013
MALACANANG branded reports connecting Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II to pork barrel scam as malicious Thursday.
Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said that Roxas was "very transparent" and he was willing to provide all the documents in relation to where his priority development assistance funds (PDAF) or pork barrel went when he was still a senator.
A Commission on Audit (COA) special report had included Roxas to have earmarked his P5-million PDAF to Kalookan Assistance Council, Inc. (KACI), a non-government organization, through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Central Office.
The COA report said that portion of Roxas' pork barrel that went to KACI was allotted for its administrative expenses and extended as financial or educational assistance to its staff.
Lacierda noted that KACI was not listed as one of those considered bogus NGOs that detained Janet Lim-Napoles allegedly formed.
"Secretary Mar Roxas, as we understand, is very transparent. If there are any documents that are requested from him, he is willing to provide (them). That's why he was surprised that there was any—there was a statement that he was not prepared to provide documents. He is willing to provide all the documents," he said.
He also said that the fund "only" involved P5 million.
"I don't know why this is being made an issue so… In his years of public service, Secretary Mar Roxas has never been tainted with any allegation of anomaly...And any suggestion that Secretary Mar Roxas is involved in any scam is malicious," he stressed.
He added that it should be KACI that has to explain why portion of the PDAF from Roxas was spent to its employees.
"They have to explain to COA why did they use part of the funds provided by Senator Mar Roxas at the time and used it as a financial assistance to their own employees. That’s a question that should be asked from KACI. But this is not one of those NGOs that are—have been affiliated to Janet Napoles," Lacierda explained. (SDR/Sunnex)