‘We did not get Enrile’s pork’

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Mayors deny receiving projects funded by senator’s PDAF

Mayors of municipalities that have been listed as beneficiaries of Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile’s Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel have denied receiving any funding for projects that supposedly aimed to help farmers.

Testifying at the Sandiganbayan on Friday, the local officials said they did not know that their municipalities were in the list of “recipients” of livelihood projects funded by Enrile’s pork barrel.

Mayors Eldred Tumbokon of Umingan, Pangasinan and Bartolome Ramos of Sta. Maria, Bulacan; former mayor Ricardo Revita of Rosales, Pangasinan and Municipal Agriculturists Francisco Collado Jr. of Umingan, Pangasinan; Rodolfo Mendoza of San Miguel, Bulacan and Imelda Eugenio of Sta. Maria Bulacan told the anti-graft court that their municipalities did not receive any livelihood package from any government agency.


The Sandiganbayan’s Third Division is hearing the bail petition filed by Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged brains of the pork barrel scam.
Napoles, a businesswoman, is Enrile’s co-accused in a P172-million plunder case in connection with the PDAF or pork barrel scam.

In their sworn statements, the local officials said they were not aware that their municipalities were listed as among the recipients of livelihood projects funded by Enrile’s PDAF.

They maintained that they did not receive any “agricultural package, livelihood kit, livelihood training or anything” from Enrile or from the National Agribusiness Corp. (Nabcor), Technology Resource Center (TRC) or National Livelihood and Development Corporation (NLDC) or from six non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that allegedly implemented the projects. The NGOs —Countrywide Agri and Rural Economic Development Foundation (Cared), Masaganang Ani para sa Magsasaka Foundation Inc (MAMFI), Social Development Program for Farmers Foundation Inc (SDPFFI), People Organization for Progress and Development Foundation (POPDFI), Agri and Economic Program for Farmers Foundation, Inc. (AEPFFI), Agricultura Para sa Magbubukid Foundation, Inc. (APMFI) —were controlled by Napoles.
Enrile is accused of amassing P172 million in kickbacks from various projects funded by his pork barrel.The 90-year-old senator is under hospital arrest.

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  1. That is the game of ENRILE/Gigi Reyes Tandem to show that Enrile’s pork barrel PDAF DAP funds were given to towns and farmers, Ngos which are all fake, non existence, or just simple ghosts lists. The evidence of plunder agains these two accused are getting tighter for every testimony of each municipal mayor, Farmet, NGO livelihood who testified in court they did not received any form assistance, cash or in kind from ENRILE and Napoles. Hence the noose is getting tighter too for these three accused to hang for stealing the people’s money. That is justice which the people deserve to get!

    • For humanitarian reason due to Enrile’s frail geriatric condition, Just let the PH government sequester his stolen wealth and set him free.

    • Subrang nakawan sa kaban ng bayan. Noon pa yan ng hawak pa ang bayan ni Apo Marcos. Aba’y malaki-laki na din ang naiipon yan. Pero huwag kayong magselos. Pinaghihirapan din yan. Maraming laway tumatalsik ang pinuhunan.

  2. I wonder if when a senator allots money to a ngo & that goes to help people in areas if the mayor from that area would normally in one way or another contact the person ( in this case enrile ) who allotted the funds to them to say thank you or something like that. Im sure they would as every official would be grateful for any financial assistance to aid the poor in their communities. If it is the case then surely enrile would have known the money allotted to napoles wasnt getting to the beneficiaries & so would ask why didnt the money get there. So by not doing that does it add evidence to hi guilt, at this point in time i think yes it does.

  3. apolonio reyes on

    Kung hindi sila Mayors Eldred, Bartolome, Ricardo, Francisco, Rodolfo. Imelda? Eh sino? Si Mayors Erap, Junjun, Strike? Hindi Rin daw sila? Eh sino nga? Si Galongong ba o Tanda? Sabi nila, hindi sila, Sino kaya si Super T? Ah Ewan sa inyo….bahala na, bilisan lang ninyo Sandi ang kaso at baka hindi na ito maabutan ni Tanda o mabigyan sila ng executive pardon. Di Ba Bayan?