Is PNoy et al. blackmailing SC and the public?

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Late last week, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced that it is suspending some P5 billion worth of flood control projects funded by the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

DPWH Sec. Rogelio Singson said his department would have to comply with the ruling of the Supreme Court after it declared DAP illegal, so the said flood control in Metro Manila will have to be put on hold until another form of government funding is available for the project.

The flood control project is part of the ten-point agenda of the PNoy administration to eradicate the flooding problem once and for all not only in Metro Manila but also in nearby provinces such as in Bulacan and Pampanga.

Earlier, at least two bills were filed in the House of Representatives by the administration’s allies proposing the abolition of the Judiciary Development Fund (JDF).


Surprisingly, the bills were filed few days after the Supreme Court declared the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) illegal.

The JDF is a fund collected from legal fees paid to the court, and is used to augment the allowances of its personnel, and to finance the acquisition, maintenance, and repair of office equipment and facility of the various courts in the country.

If the suspension of the flood control project and the bills to abolish the JDF is not a form of blackmail, what can you call it then?

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Gov. Degamo and 6 constructors continue to defy COA order

Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo and six private constructors reportedly continue to defy the Commission on Audit’s (COA) order to immediately return nearly half a billion in government funds since 2012.

In its July 10, 2012 memorandum, COA demanded that Degamo immediately return the sum of P480.775 million to the National Treasury after the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) recalled the sub-allotment release order (SARO) for the said amount intended for the repair and rehabilitation of the province after it was hit by Typhoon Sendong in 2011 and a major earthquake in 2012.

The DBM erroneously allowed the provincial government headed by Degamo to implement the said calamity project instead of the Department of Public Work and Highways (DPWH).

However, instead of reimbursing the said amount to the national government, Degamo contended that he already made an advanced payment to several construction firms namely: Fiat Construction Services of Iligan City; Richmark Construction & Supply in Catbalogan, Samar; Legaspi Premium Development Corporation in Legaspi, Albay; Lim General Contractor Corp. in Masbate City, CTC Builders and Supplies in Sorsogon City, Ajan Jeada Incorporated, in Legaspi, Albay; and Bigfoot Construction and Supply, in Daunin, Negros Oriental.

The auditing agency then issued Notices of Disallowances to the said construction firms ordering them to immediately return the money to the government claiming the absence of allotment and certificate of availability of funds after the SARO was recalled earlier by DBM.

An official of COA, who requested anonymity, said Degamo and the construction companies have not returned the money to this day as the Negros Oriental chief executive contends that the funds have been used to pay the contractors in advance.

The same official said that cases have been filed against Degamo for malversation and violation of the anti-graft and corrupt practices by a private individual before the Ombudsman.

The source also said that if these constructors continue to refuse to reimburse the government, COA would then file cases in court against these firms and their owners.

Aside from filing civil cases, the agency will also ask the Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board (PCAB) to suspend the license of each company, and will also ask the DPWH to ban them from joining in the biddings of infrastructure projects until they return the money to the government, said my source.

But nasty rumors at the Negros Oriental Provincial Capitol say the contractors will never return the money since they have already given fat commissions or “kickbacks” allegedly to Degamo and several other officials.

No wonder they continue to defy the COA order.

etulfo2011@yahoo.com

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  1. This again is how backward this country is, in the uk if you defy a court order its called contempt of court & for that you can be immediately placed in jail. Thats what should happen to these construction companies owners. Thats what they are doing & they know exactly what they are doing. They want to keep that money full stop. We are also having problems sorting out philinvest in the courts. They have been told they must pay our hoa over P30,000,000 in unpaid dues as they wont pey. They say they will but never do. I think its hlurb we have to use byut they are useless as we have a small problem with our hoa elections & its taking them forever to get it sorted when it could have been sorted in a few days. It seems everyone in this country loves court cases & dragging them out.

  2. I would ask what difference would it make to the supreme court if they wernt allowed to run their budget. Surely they dont make their pay scales or the bonuses scales. If they do then how corrupt is that. It should be set down by law what court personel get paid & what their allowances are so if it say the land transport agency that administers it what difference would it make, none what so ever.
    I think the philippines need to look at how other countries run their countries as it seems they arnt competent enough to do it right here. They need it explained to them in the tinyiest details so they dont get it wrong, but surely something needs to be done to drastically sort this country out.

  3. Sana pinairal ni Pnoy na mayroon siyang Diyos at wala sanang pagka watak watak ang mga Pilipino. Sa kanyang talumpati sa iglesia ni Kristo, binanggit nya ang pagmamahalan, ito ba ay galing sa kanyang puso o ito’y pagsisinungaling na naman sa taong bayan?

    • Horacio B. Freires on

      Pagsisinungaling o binasa lang ang script ng speech without passing his mind

  4. This inquiry maybe not exactly in the context of your article, but I just wonder what happened to Cadet Cudia who was not allowed to graduate by PMA ,if there was any investigation done what was the result. From the injustice done to him by the PMA could very well happen again if its allowed to remain unresolved and I hope his legitimate grievance vs the PMA that he filed in the SC will serve as a reform of the many abuses the military academy has done to the many poor aspiring officer (soldier) .Had it not for his courage many cadets will suffer the same consequence in the future ,which his case basically tantamounts to the cover-up of the many corruptions like DAP and PDAF of this administration.and Congress.

  5. muriel magtanggol on

    Why should flood control need to come from DAP? Why is it not included in the General budget since it is a very important project for the country?

    • opinion reader on

      Good point Muriel Magtanggol, gaya ng nasabi na “The flood control project is part of the ten-point agenda of the PNoy administration to eradicate the flooding problem once and for all not only in Metro Manila but also in nearby provinces such as in Bulacan and Pampanga” tapos biglang ihihinto?, di ba dapat eh may nakalaan na na budget para dito and DPWH? Ano ito panakot? dahil si DAP eh unconstitutional and SC ba ang masisi dito dahil sa mga paparating na pagbaha?

  6. Good article Mr Tulfo, it is very clear their action shows revengeful acts , no remorse, no conscience for the poor and that those Congressmen doesn’t deserve to be public servant after all and they must be suspended from holding any gov’t position from using the PDAF as their personal purse illegally collecting a 50% commission in every project without proper bidding favoring the few selected contractors. We prayed that all 14 SC Justices will not fall frey to the wicked unlawful members of Congress both the upper and lower,and that they will continue to feel for the many less fortunate Filipinos who have had suffered during this administration.

  7. It is not only Degamo doing this “business” almost all if not all of the governors, mayors even barangay captains are doing the same thing. I have a cousin, a contractor somewhere in the Visayas who told me that even before bidding time, money is already advanced to some government officials and when they win the bid, approvals and final signatures will be performed when the usual 30 to 40% kickbacks, repeat, KICKBACKS are PAID IN AVANCE. Has Singson or PNoy done anything to stop this anomaly? No, Sir. The usual manipulation is still going strong.