Transparency in use of Intel funds pushed

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Monday, February 7, 2011

MANILA -- In light of Senate hearing revelations, progressive lawmakers seek the passage of a measure that will ensure the transparency in use of intelligence funds.

Bayan Muna Representative Teddy Casiño called on Congress to fast-track a bill that mandates an annual joint congressional audit of government intelligence and confidential funds “as a step to stopping the illicit AFP practice of skimming off of these funds that are not subject to audit or are covered up by the resident auditor of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP)”.

Former budget officer George Rabusa said that former ISAFP auditor Divina Cabrera allegedly received two percent of the funds from personnel services, which were then converted to be used for the alleged payoff scheme in the military.

“This only confirms that the billions of pesos in taxpayers’ money allotted to intelligence and confidential funds, programs and activities of the government are also being used as another slush fund for the nefarious activities and whims of AFP generals” Casiño said.

Casiño and fellow party-list lawmakers Neri Colmenares (Bayan Muna), Luzviminda Ilagan and Emerenciana De Jesus (Gabriela Women’s Party), Rafael Mariano (Anakpawis), Antonio Tinio (ACT Teachers), and Raymond Palatino (Kabataan) filed House Bill 4127 to be known as the “Intelligence and Confidential Funds Transparency Act of 2011”. (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)

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