Buzz: Del Mar asks for DA-NAFC records

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Monday, May 26, 2014


ONE Cebu congressman linked to whistleblower Benhur Luy’s records on the pork barrel controversy did more than deny and protest over the inclusion of his name in the “Inquirer” list.

Rep. Raul del Mar of Cebu City north wrote last May 20 to Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, asking for “all available documents linking my name in any manner to the alleged DA-NAFC transaction.” If the office would find no such official record, del Mar asked for an official certification to that effect. A copy of the letter was furnished to Ariel T. Cayanan, executive director of NAFC or National Agricultural and Fisheries Council.

Del Mar stressed to Alcala that he “cannot recall, as I’m totally unaware, in my long years as a lawmaker, of any dealings with DA-NAFC.” Del Mar said he has never “allocated any amount from my PDAF then for any DA-NAFC project or any NAFC-controlled program.”

Lawmakers unfairly tied to the PDAF mess, with no idea how or why, need not wait for the judicial process to clear their name. Del Mar’s request for the records now could help quell public doubts over his actual participation: whether he personally benefited from any diverted fund or was just a patsy in a conspiracy to confuse the public.

Where are other Napoles-alikes?

DID YOU KNOW...

... HAD BENHUR LUY AND HIS EX-BOSS, Janet Lim-Napoles, not quarelled, the large-scale scam wouldn’t have reached this stage of eruption?

Come to think of it, until now no other person who set up bogus NGOs similar to Janet’s has been sued or dragged to the public spotlight. COA in earlier reports said Napole’s dummy firms were only among several fake NGOs that pulled the same scam. Where are those other NGOs? Apparently, the state, not having other Luys, couldn’t pin anything on the other Napoles-alikes.

Janet, unlike the “Tres Senadores,” hasn’t wailed, “Bakit, ako lang ba? Why only me?”

... A ROMAN CATHOLIC CHAPEL in central Mexico, in the village of Tezonite, bears a plaque thanking the donor who built it: Heriberto Lazcano, leader of one of that country’s violent drug cartels, Zetas. Placed under his name is “Lord, hear my prayer”? Have bishops and priests getting dole-outs from Napoles been inspired by that classic form of donation to the church?

... WHY A CLASS SUIT against the “Inquirer” by lawmakers who feel victimized by its publication of their names over the Napoles controversy are advised not to do it?

“All complaints must be the same. But here, they are not. There are those who’re really guilty. There are those who’re not aware their staffers were involved.” That, from Rep. Ronaldo Zamora.

But it they’re guilty, would they still sue? Zamora, a veteran lawmaker, must think so.

... “PAYOUT” IS THE WORD that TV5 broadcast journalist Luchi Cruz-Valdez hated in the “Inquirer” report about having received representation expenses from a Napoles “middleman”?

“Payout” is “a disbursement, an amount paid out, as from earnings or dividend.” It’s for something Luchi has earned or services she rendered for Napoles. Or so the word connotes.

The word, as applied to journalists, may be as devastating as the libelous-per-se “bagman.”

[bzzzzz@sunstar.com.ph or paseares@gmail.com]

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 27, 2014.

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