Cayetano seeks probe of Malampaya fund-A A +A
Monday, October 14, 2013
SENATOR Alan Peter Cayetano on Monday filed a resolution directing the chamber's blue ribbon committee to conduct an investigation into allegations of corruption and embezzlement of the 2009 Malampaya funds by the Department of Agrarian Reform reportedly amounting to P900,000,000.
The said amount was supposedly appropriated to 97 towns severely affected by the tropical cyclones but were siphoned off to spurious non-government organizations, most of which are associated with Janet Lim Napoles.
Cayetano said it is disgusting to note that the fund that was supposed to help farmers from different parts of the country was misused allegedly by those fake NGOs under Napoles in connivance with some government officials.
Reports said that proceeds from Malampaya Funds were released through the said NGOs, which were tapped by local government units to distribute "Farm Initiative Production Kits" to farmers and agrarian reform beneficiaries in their respective localities valued at around P40,000 each.
"Many Filipino farmers and farmworkers in the agriculture industry are still wallowing in poverty and are left behind by their counterparts in neighboring countries," Cayetano said.
Cayetano said the scandalous allegations on the Malampaya fund cannot go uninvestigated, stressing that those behind the scam must be held liable.
The NGOs which allegedly received the funds include: Abundant Harvest for Peoples Foundation, inc, Bukirin Tanglaw Foundation, Dalangpan San Amon Utod Kag Kasimanwa Foundation, Ginintuan Alay sa Magsasaka Foundation, Gintong Pangkabuhayan 'Foundation, Kaupdanan para sa Magsasaka Foundation, Masaganang Buhay Foundation, Micro AgriBusiness Citizen Initiative Foundation, inc., Saganang Buhya Sa Atin Foundation inc and Tanglaw para sa MAgsasaka Foundation. (Camille P. Balagtas/Sunnex)