The Commission on Audit (COA) should start looking into reports that a former member of the House of Representatives from Region 4A, who has two foundations exactly like that of Janet Napoles, allocated most of his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel to his foundations from 2007 until 2009.
This ex-congressman reportedly allocated most of his PDAF to soft projects in his district using the farmers in the area as the direct beneficiaries for livelihood.
But one of those supposed beneficiaries is now willing to talk after his name was included as a recipient even though he did not receive a single cent from this corrupt former representative.
The poor guy said there are 15 more people in their area whose names were also used and who were also enraged after learning what this nincompoop official did but remained silent for their safety.
The complainant, who refused to be identified yet at this point, claims that this former congressman is known in their province to have hired killers under his payroll.
Though no longer a member of Congress, the former official’s foundations continue to operate not only in his former district but in the entire province as well.
The foundations now even enjoy more funding as its former boss and founder is now the head of plump and juicy government office.
Paging COA Chairman Grace Tan.
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NIA administrator Alcala’s kin
Not everyone knows that the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) chief is related to Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala by affinity.
Sources within the DA said NIA Administrator Claro Maranan is the father of the husband of Alcala’s niece.
Maranan is not the first relative to be appointed by Alcala to head an agency under him.
Almost all agencies under DA are headed either by his relatives or close friends from Quezon such as in the National Food Authority (NFA), Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) and several other offices.
Alcala is also surrounded by staff who came from Quezon.
Aside from the problem of nepotism, his appointees have no experience or background in running their respective agencies.
Maranan used to work at the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) before moving to NIA and becoming its head a few months ago.
The appointment of Maranan raised eyebrows. It created a stir among career officers at the agency who have been aspiring to become the next administrator after former NIA chief Antonio Nangel was hastily retired by Malacanang.
I wonder when the Civil Service Commission (CSC) will question Alcala
over these controversial appointments that Malacanang continue to overlook.
Tsk, tsk, tsk. Alcala has made the DA into his own kingdom.