Cayetano urges Senate panel to start Malampaya fund probe

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014


SENATE Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano on Wednesday urged his colleagues to begin investigating the P900-million Malampaya fund scam and expose to the public how the "atrocity" was carried out.

"This is another atrocity that has been committed against the Filipino people who are still in outrage over the P10-billion pork barrel scandal. Dapat nating malaman kung sino ang mga ito at parusahan," Cayetano said in a statement.

The Senate Blue Ribbon committee chaired by Senator Teofisto Guingona III has so far held nine hearings on the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.

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"Ang tingin ko ay dapat magkaroon na ng partial report itong PDAF. Then Malampaya na dapat ang susunod," Cayetano said, adding that he already asked Guingona to start scheduling hearings for the Malampaya probe.

Guingona had earlier committed that the Blue Ribbon will shift the probe to the Malampaya scam.

Plunders complaints have already been filed before the Ombudsman against alleged pork scam queen Janet Lim-Napoles, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and 20 others in relation to the misuse of royalties from the Malampaya gas fund.

The P900 million was supposed to be allocated to farmer-beneficiaries who were affected by typhoons "Ondoy" and "Pepeng" back in 2009.

"Karapatan ng mga tao na malaman kung bakit imbes na mapunta sa mga magsasaka na apektado ng kalamidad ang pera ng Malampaya ay kinurakot pa ng mga taong walang kunsensiya," Cayetano said.

The senator said he had filed Senate Resolution 271 last year directing the Blue Ribbon panel to look into allegations that the Malampaya funds were funneled to questionable non-government organizations put up by Napoles.

The resolution directs the committee to determine the alleged involvement of some government officials, particularly in the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).

"Let's investigate, expose then prosecute, but let's also strengthen institutions by putting in needed reforms," Cayetano said. (Sunnex)

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