The Senate’s Blue Ribbon Committee should really start looking into other foundations or non-government organizations (NGOs) linked to “ghost” projects.
Based on a report of the Commission on Audit (COA), there were 82 bogus foundations or fake NGOs that benefited from the billions of pesos released from the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel of lawmakers.
Out of the 82 NGOs or foundations, 11 were owned or controlled by Janet Lim Napoles, while the rest were owned by several contractors who also made billions from the “pork barrel” funds of several lawmakers.
One such foundation is the Pangkabuhayan Foundation, said to belong to “Miss Gay Tang” of Forbes Park, Makati and “Aling Evelyn Mirinda,” according to an official of the Technological Resource Center (TRC).
The Pangkabuhayan Foundation received almost P400 million in pork barrel funds from four lawmakers but the money all went to “ghost” projects, according to the COA report.
According to an official who asked not to be identified, the PDAF of these lawmakers were channeled through the Technology Resource Center and the Pangkabuhayan Foundation of Tang and Mirinda was the beneficiary from 2000 to 2008.
If Napoles’ fake foundations raked in P10 billion from the PDAF of three senators, the remaining 71 other bogus NGOs made almost a hundred billion pesos, according to the same COA report.
And just like Napoles, Tang reportedly had another foundation and made one of her household help, a certain Baby Mabawang, as its chief executive officer. More of this issue in my next column after the Holy Week, folks.
Senate minority and Blue Ribbon member JV Ejercito assured the public he will file a resolution when the House resumes sessions to investigate the foundations and NGOs not owned by Napoles.
“We should not stop with Napoles’ foundations alone. We have to look to the other foundations and NGOs as well. Surely there are other lawmakers, aside from our three colleagues in the opposition, who made money using these other NGOs and contractors,” Ejercito said.
He is right. There could be more lawmakers in the Senate and in the House of Representatives, who misused public funds by channeling billions through questionable organizations and who got commissions for funding fake projects.
Miss Gay and Aling Evelyn should be the very first group summoned by the Senate since they are said to be the biggest contractor next to Napoles.
Miss Tang was once linked to a member of the House of Representatives from the Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas Valenzuela (CAMANAVA) area. The lawmaker’s “pork” went to her fake foundations, according to a House insider.
Likewise, an informant from the Road Board of the Department of Public Work and Highways (DPWH) suggested that Nitas Ingacio should also be investigated by the Senate regarding her association or relation with one of the bosses of the board.
Ingacio, a contractor, reportedly corners all the big projects of the Road Board because of her connections within the agency.
The same informant claims “Manang Nitas” and the chief of the board are allegedly “magbalae”. Ingacio’s son and the Road Board boss’ daughter are married.
These ladies have a lot of explaining to do in front of our “honorable” senators.