Palace hands off on COA order to 4 senators to return 'pork'

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Saturday, February 1, 2014


MALACANANG on Saturday distanced itself on the call of the Commission on Audit (COA) to four senators to return their multi-billion peso Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said that the order by COA to Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada, Ramon Revilla Jr., and Gregorio Honasan was strictly a matter between them.

"Kami po, wala kaming power of compulsion. Knowing that the senators are belong to a separate and co-equal branch of government, wala rin ho kaming gagawing hakbang," she said over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

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Valte said that the issue was not a concern of the executive branch.

"This is a matter between the COA and the four senators that have been issued notices of disallowance," she added.

COA reportedly sent notices of disallowance to four senators asking them to return their pork barrel allotments from 2007 to 2009, which were allegedly diverted to fake non-government organizations of businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, alleged mastermind in the supposed P10-billion PDAF mess. (SDR/Sunnex)

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