Drilon filched from P123-M PDAF: Syjuco

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SENATE President Franklin Drilon was slapped another plunder complaint on Monday, this time for allegedly pocketing a portion of his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) for the construction of a P123.5 million walkway.

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In the complaint he filed at the Office of the Ombudsman, former Rep. Augusto Syjuco of Iloilo accused Drilon of “pinching” from the fund used to cover the construction of Iloilo Esplanade I worth P70 million, its improvement worth P13.5 million and for the Iloilo Esplanade II worth P40 million.

Syjuco said Esplanade I, which runs along the Iloilo River from Medical City Hospital to Parola Ferry Terminal, was overpriced by at least P58 million.

He said that if the construction of the retaining wall, slope protection, landscaping and amenities that complete the Esplanade I project were to be added, “the cost of over P60 million is overwhelmingly incredible.”

“This P70-million worth Iloilo Esplanade I project is absolutely a windfall to the pocket of respondent Drilon, amassing an amount of not less than P35 million,” he added.

After the project was finished, Drilon released another P13.5 million from his pork barrel for improvement and completion works, Syjuco said.

In January 2013, the senator disbursed P40 million to build Esplanade II.

Syjuco said “Drilon pinched at least P10 million from the project . . .”

He earlier filed a slew of charges against Drilon over the construction of the Iloilo Justice Hall in 1992, the purchase of a 16.2-hectare property in Iloilo in 2006 and the release of P800-million pork barrel to Rep. Henedina Abad of Batanes.

Drilon dismissed the charges, saying they were part of Syjuco’s efforts to discredit him.

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  1. ayan ang kagandahan ng gobyernong ito natin ngayon lumalabas ang mga baho ng bawat isang nanunungkulan sa gobyerno di kagaya ng mga naunang adminsitrasyon lahat sarado at may busal na kwarta ang lahat…

    kapag may ebedensya banat!!!

  2. I have reason to believe Sen. Franklin Drilon is guilty of something somewhere. Where there’s smoke there’s fire. But I just hope former Rep. Augusto Syjuco has solid evidence to back up his charges against the senator. Kasi baka puro haka-haka lang e.

  3. The Ombudsman is a very busy office. Ombudsman Morales herself declared that it may take a year to process the DOJ complaint against the 3 senators. Now here are additional cases filed by a known enemy of the respondent. The Ombudsman must attend to this and finish this case as a priority. If there is prima facie evidence then endorse the same to the Sandigan court. However, if found to be a dud, then how do we deal with this kind of tricks? Has anyone been prosecuted to the for filing spurious cases especially when taken by hungry, voracious media that are only after for ratings disregarding if the story is worth publishing? What if the strategy is to load the Ombudsman with so much work, a delaying tactic? Drilon is not my type of a public servant but the accuser is worse than the accuse. Have you ever heard of the devil accusing a parishioner of blasphemy and sacrilege? Only in the Philippines.

  4. Wala namang itulak kabigin sa mga taong iyan at least ngayon may matino tayong Presidente na naco control ng bahagya ang katiwalian. Lagi namang ganoon pag may nakaupong mahusay gustong sirain. Eh si Syjuco bakit wala rin naman siyang ginawa inggit lang iyan.

  5. Kawawang Pinas! Wala na yatang matinong pinuno– lahat na atang nagtataglay ng kaunting man lang kunsensiya ay nag-alisan na!

  6. Obvious Mr. drilon UP grad, kaaway ni Macoy, ngayon its their time to do things that his enemies used to do, during their terms, Weder Weder lang yan, its Drilon Turn. Mr. Pnoy, look at your administration now., Its more grabe in the Philippines.

  7. Ruffy Calibugan on

    This needs an answer from Sen. Drilon point by point to clear his name
    Failure to give detailed accounting of the said projects means all of these accusations are true and therefore charged the Senate President as Mr. Syjuco’s complained.

  8. Parang maniwala ako nito dahil kitang-kita sa mukha. Ang nakaw di Makita sa bulsa – nasa tyan at sa mukha.

  9. Probably Boboy syjuco was only griping. I hope this case is strong not ony for propaganda and media mileage. We know that in any project may TONGPaTS naman lahat dito wag naman sana 50% ang cut

  10. May ibabato ba naman sa iyo F. Drillon kung wala sila talagang nakikitang katibayan sa kanilang akusasyon sa iyo, mga kababayan mo iyan alam nila ang pinagmulan mo, life style check sa lahat ng politico kailangang kailangan sa panahong ito Pnoy. Mabuti na lang at mayroon tayong A. Syjuco na malakas ang loob na kalampagin ang kayamanan ni Drillon,kung saan nanggaling at usisain ang winaldas niya sa kaban ng bayan sa kanyang mga project kuno. SOP noong 1976’s 15% ng kabuoang halaga ng bawat project na iaaward na contract, 50% down at ang huling 50% ay sa unang collection, kaya walang kasabitsabit kayamanan kaagad. Ewan ko lang ngayon kung magkano na ang SOP % sa lagayan sa mga damuhong buwayang iyan.