Cebu lawmakers’ pork-A A +A
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
I AM not pulling my own chair.
I just would like to thank the organizers and jurors of the 16th Cebu Archdiocesan
Mass Media Awards (Camma) for recently choosing “Bobby Nalzaro On Board, Saksi” of dySS Super Radyo Cebu (999 khz) as the best radio commentary program.
This is not the first time that my program received an award from Camma. The previous years, I bagged the best radio newscast award and, for print, the best Cebuano column award.
I have been a recipient of various media awards, including the prestigious Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) Golden Dove Award for best public affairs program host on radio. I bested the other nominee, Korina Sachez of ABS-CBN.
Receiving an award from credible and legitimate national or local award giving bodies is indeed “sweet victory.”
Admittedly, I did not expect to win in this category against the other nominees. I am sometimes vocal against the wrongdoings of some members of the church. And Camma is a Catholic Church-initiated project through its Commission on Social Communications.
I lambast priests who are involved in shenanigans that destroy the image and credibility of the Church. Sometimes, I oppose the Church’s stand on certain political issues.
I presume that most of the judges in the Camma awards are affiliated or active in
Church activities. Busa maka-ingon ko nga walay pagpihig ang mga hurado kay bisan mokomentaryo ta batok sa simbahan, pasidunggan man gihapon ta. Daghang salamat sa
The Commission on Audit (COA) has unearthed anomalies in the disposal by some lawmakers of their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel. Added to the list of senators who extended financial help to dubious non-government organizations (NGOs) is Loren Legarda. The NGO linked to Loren, though, is not connected with those set up by Janet Lim-Napoles.
Expect more names to crop up as COA continues to audit the use of the pork barrel funds.
The names of former congressmen Eduardo Gullas of the first district and Ramon “Red” Durano 1V of the fifth district, together with that of incumbent 6th district Rep. Luigi Quisumbing, had cropped as having donated part of their pork barrel to NGOS that are based in Luzon. They claimed that these are legitimate NGOs.
Granting that these are legitimate organizations, but how come these are Luzon-based? There are many Cebu-based legitimate NGOs that they could have tapped to implement their projects.
I am not accusing these legislators of being involved in the scam or that they made money out of it. Actually, there is no scam yet as far the three Cebu congressmen are concerned. COA just found out, based on audit, that their conduit NGOs were from Luzon.
Since these are from Luzon, did the officers of these NGOs really come to Cebu to conduct trainings and seminars and implement the projects of the congressmen?
In the case of Gullas, I interviewed the municipal agriculturist of Minglanilla, Minerva Violan, who vouched that the PDAF of the former congressman was really given to farmer-beneficiaries. They supervised the implementation and monitored the program,
mostly involving farm implements and inputs.
I asked her if she can provide me with the list of beneficiaries so I can check if they exist. She promised to provide me the list next week.
The modus of corrupt lawmakers is to organize their own NGOs and foundations with their wives, relatives and even themselves as incorporators. They then siphon their own pork barrel.
The pork barrel is transformed from being government funds to private funds by channeling it to the NGOs. They then collect a huge percentage from it. Mao nang dali silang ma-datu.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 04, 2013.