SEN. Nancy Binay on Monday called on Sen. Teofisto Guingona 3rd to stop sitting on the P900-million Malampaya fund scam issue and start uncovering the truth by ordering a Senate investigation.
Binay warned that dilly-dallying on the probe will make the public suspect that the panel is being selective in its investigations.
Guingona is chairman of the blue ribbon committee.
“We should not give the people a reason to be suspicious. Let us investigate the Malampaya fund scam now,” Binay insisted.
The lawmaker recalled that fellow opposition Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito filed a resolution calling for an inquiry into allegations that P900 million of the Malampaya fund was also siphoned off by fake non-government organizations but the blue ribbon committee failed to act on it.
Alleged pork barrel scam brains Janet Lim-Napoles, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and several others are facing plunder complaints at the Office of the Ombudsman for their supposed involvement in the fund anomaly.
Ruby Tuason, a witness in the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam, is also allegedly one of the major players in the Malampaya fund scam.
The Malampaya fund represents royalties from the oil and gas operations off Palawan. In 2009, Arroyo expanded the use of the gas funds to include other purposes aside from energy-related projects.
Some P900 million was released from the gas fund and the money was reportedly used to assist farmers hit by calamities.
Binay fears that the issue has been placed on the backburner now that the alleged mastermind of the pork barrel racket, Napoles, has been placed behind bars.
“This should not make us complacent, in fact, we should work harder to solve these cases now that we can summon Napoles to the hearings,” the senator said.
Guingona earlier deferred the Malampaya hearing, citing the unavailability of resource persons from the Commission on Audit.
He however gave assurances that the blue ribbon committee will push through with the Malampaya probe once they manage to confirm the attendance of the resource persons.