Makabayan bloc points to Palace harassment

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014


BAYAN Muna regional head Hope Hervilla said Malacañang has started harassments against members of the Makabayan bloc in Congress as an aftermath of their filing impeachment cases against President Benigno Aquino III.

Tomas Calderon, regional coordinator of a non-government organization Movement for People Empowerment, filed Monday, August 4, a complaint for violation of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Law against Bayan Muna Party-list Representative Neri Colmenares.

The complaint was filed before the Office of Deputy Ombudsman-Visayas Pelagio Apostol for the anomalous construction and overpriced school building worth P1.8 million in Barangay De la Peña, Barotac Viejo, Iloilo.

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The complainant said a group of volunteer structural and civil engineers inspected the project, whose construction started October 2013 and was completed in February 2014. The building is suffering from several cracks showing apparent substandard and scandalously overpriced construction.

The project was requested by Barotac Viejo Mayor Niel Tupas III and the project was funded by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) through the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

District Engineer George Suy admitted that a Special Allotment Release Order (Saro) entitled for the use of Colmenares in the amount of P1.8 million was utilized in the construction of the project.

The contractor involved is Macro-Asia, together with local Bayan Muna partylist coordinator Jory Porquia. They acted as project implementers. Aside from cracked walls, the comfort room has defective lavatories and the inside roofing was unfinished.

However, Colmenares said that Malacañang is again trying to discredit the opposition instead of heeding the call of the people to investigate even administration allies.

“As a response, we challenge Malacanang to open to the public all the projects of departments and agencies under the President and all members of Congress who endorsed projects thru the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). We also ask all members of Congress to open all their bank accounts for public scrutiny. Additionally, we should all submit ourselves to a lifestyle check,” Colmenares said.

He added that he has never stolen a single centavo from public funds and that “Malacañang should desist from attempting to destroy my credibility and instead heed the people’s demand to come out with all DAP related projects including those endorsed by members of Congress.” (LCP)

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