At least 15 Senators did not realign their P200-million Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) for 2014, while five others realigned their whole PDAF to the calamity fund, it was learned Wednesday.
Documents provided by the office of Senator Francis Escudero, who chairs the Senate Committee on Finance, identified the 15 senators as Escudero, Juan Edgardo Angara, Paolo Benigno Aquino 4th, Teofisto Guingona 3rd, Franklin Drilon, Serge Osmeña 3rd, Aquilino Pimentel 3rd, Grace Poe-Llamanzares, Cynthia Villar, Loren Legarda, Juan Ponce Enrile, Vicente Sotto 3rd, Gringo Honasan, Nancy Binay and Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
On the other hand, the five senators who realigned their entire P200-million PDAF to Calamity Fund are Ralph Recto, siblings Allan and Pia Cayetano, Miriam Defensor Santiago and Joseph Victor Ejercito.
The senators who realigned their PDAF to government agencies are: Lito Lapid, Ramon Revilla, Jr. and Antonio Trillanes 4th.
Lapid broke down his P200 million PDAF to Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) with P193 million, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) with P2 million and Department of Health (DOH) with P5 million.
Revilla realigned P75 million to DOH, P84.5 to the DPWH and P35 million to State Universities and Colleges.
Trillanes was the most generous. His PDAF went to six agencies: DOH (P102.45 million), Philippine National Police (P7.4 million), Philippine Army (P27.95 million), Philippine Navy (P22 million), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (P4 million and Commission on Higher Education (P36.2 million).
Only Sen. Jinggoy Estrada realigned his P200 million to LGUs: the city of Manila (P100 million), City of Caloocan (P50 million) and Municipality of Lal-lo in Cagayan province (P50 million).
Estrada, Revilla and Enrile are facing plunder complaints over the P10 billion PDAF scam which allegedly funneled PDAF funds to bogus nongovernment organizations owned by Janet Napoles and brought certain kickbacks to lawmakers.
Llanesca T. Panti