Tacloban doctors among ‘recipients’ of Napoles NGO-A A +A
Thursday, October 10, 2013
PHYSICIANS said doctors were named as recipients of livelihood assistance allegedly intended for farmers in Leyte by Janet Napoles’ non-government organizations (NGO).
Doctors Gil Asoy and Elvira Galapon-Casal said they were listed as one of 159 “farmer-beneficiaries” from the town of Babatngon, Leyte of livelihood assistance from the pork barrel of Senator Jinggoy Estrada.
Estrada reportedly channeled P4.8 million of his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to the Social Development Program for Farmers Foundation, Inc. (SDPFFI) in 2009.
The SDPFFI was discovered to be one of the bogus foundations owned by trader Napoles, who is now facing plunder complaint for allegedly masterminding the P10-billion pork barrel scam.
Asoy and Galapon-Casal said they only learned of their being among the “recipients” of the SDPFFI when the media asked for their reactions on their inclusion to the list.
“I have not heard of this NGO or met their leaders,” Asoy, one of the region’s best-known neurosurgeons, told Leyte Samar Daily Express.
Asoy said he was sure that those behind the NGO forged his signature that appeared on the document. “Those were not our signatures.”
Galapon-Casal said she was shocked that some of her relatives appeared to have received the financial assistance from Estrada’s pork. “And even if they were given to us, we will reject it.”
With 159 identified “beneficiaries,” each could have received P30,645.
Galapon’s family is from Babatngon, while Asoy maintains a farm in Barugo town, Leyte.
Earlier, former Babatngon Mayor Ernesto Fabi also expressed his shock that he allegedly accepted financial assistance from the livelihood project financed by Estrada’s pork and distributed by Napoles NGO. Fabi denied the allegations claiming that his signature was forged. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)