Anomalies with IRA rampant – Cayetano

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Senator Alan Peter Cayetano said on Friday that the priority development assistance fund (PDAF) makes up only two percent of the government’s annual budget. The bigger anomalies are in the remaining 98 percent.

The 98 percent of the budget includes the internal revenue allotment (IRA) of local government units (LGUs) and the respective budgets of various government agencies and departments, and all that is prone to all kinds of anomalous transactions.

“There is no doubt that graft and corruption exist in these agencies and departments, and we [the Senate]are the ones that should investigate it [and provide the]the check and balance,” Cayetano said.

The Senator was reacting to claims made on Thursday by Rep. Rodolfo Antonino of Nueva Ecija province that the amount misused in LGU’s IRA could dwarf the pork barrel scam.

Antonino said IRA runs into billions of pesos each year, distributed to 80 provinces, 143 cities (33 highly-urbanized, 5 independent component, and 105 component cities), 1,491 municipalities, and 41,889 barangays.

In the proposed 2014 budget, the Department of Budget and Management will allot at least P341.543 billion for LGUs’ IRA, an amount higher than Congress’ P68 billion pork.

The IRA represents the LGUs’ share from national internal revenues.

Cayetano said there are more anomalies in IRA as well as in other funds being allotted to different government agencies of the government. He said Congress should look into these anomalies.

Unfortunately, the senator said, “the legislature’s’ credibility is now under question.”

Jefferson Antiporda

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  1. Senator Alan Peter Cayetano is a sleazy one. He is now claiming his knowledge that IRA anomalies are rampant. Why say it only now that the scam is out in the open, not long time ago? Is it to earn pogi points? Or he is one among the men and women in the Senate who possess the crab mentality.

  2. Mr Cayetano, matagal na ‘yan. Ayaw lang ng mga sin-a-tong pag tingnan. But, at least you know your accountability-CHECK AND BALANCE. Sana tama at hindi chick un-balance. Ok, mga senador at senadora, pasyalan ninyo ng surprize visit ang bawat munisipyo at mga barangay. Please unahin nyo ang pagsilip sa Lanao Del Norte. Tulongan ko kayo if you need my assistance, that is if, you really want transparency. Kaso, napakinabangan na ninyo ang mga taong ito tulad na lang aming mga mayors. Pero, di bali. Pasyal kayo, ‘wag magdala ng marami at magbihis kayo ng kupas na kupas na damit tulad rin sa amin mga mahihirap. Pasukin ninyo ang mga barangay namin. Doon, manghihimatay kayo sa katutuhanan. Walang matino na daan o kalsada na siya rin tinawag ninyo dyan sa senado na farm-to-market-roads kundi ” farm-to- pocket-road-project. I challenge you duys if you are true or not.