• Opposition hits ‘DAP coverup’

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    UNA blames Budget dept., House leaders

    THE United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) on Wednesday accused the current administration of covering up the “crime scene” on the alleged misuse of the presidential funds released through the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

    Rep. Tobias “Toby” Tiangco of Navotas, UNA secretary general, said leaders of the House of Representatives and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) continue to refuse to release the list of lawmakers who have received DAP funds.

    “Where is the master list of Congress and DBM? If they don’t want to present it because it may incriminate them, then, we can say that the Administration is adopting a no-gun-no-murder defense to cover the DAP crime scene,” Tiangco said.

    He criticized Speaker Feliciano Belmonte and Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad for coming up with alibis instead of disclosing the names of lawmakers who helped themselves to the DAP funds.

    “The first excuse of Secretary Abad is that it was on a Sunday when he was asked about the list so the records were not available, while the Speaker said he could not recall it anymore. I’m wondering what would be their next alibi,” Tiangco said.

    Tiangco reiterated his challenge to Abad to fully disclose the list of projects and their corresponding implementing agencies where DAP funds were used, in the spirit of transparency, accountability and fairness.

    He added that Belmonte’s refusal to disclose the names of the recipients is unfair to other lawmakers who, like him, did not receive allocations from the DAP.

    Tiangco said he could not understand why Belmonte would not comment on who among the congressmen received DAP funds even if, in fact, all Special Allotment Release Orders (SAROs) are released by the Speaker’s Office.

    He explained that congressmen do not get their SAROs directly from the budget department. It is issued by the DBM through the Office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

    “Bakit nga ba nila kailangang itago ang masterlist? Takot ba silang makita kung sino ang nakinabang sa DAP at magkano ang napunta kanino? [Why, may I ask, do they need to hide the masterlist? Are they afraid to show who benefited from the DAP and how much was released to whom?]” he asked.

    Belmonte has said Abad has the sole discretion in releasing the funds.

    Tiangco earlier said Abad should also be held accountable for the release of public funds to questionable non-government organizations (NGOs). He said the budget chief is as guilty as the lawmakers who poured the money into fake NGOs.

    However, Malacañang came to Abad’s defense, saying the Budget chief should not be blamed for the release of funds through the controversial disbursement program to groups linked to alleged fund scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles.

    Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said Tiangco was barking up the wrong tree.

    “Well, obviously, we don’t agree with Congressman Tiangco because as far as I can remember in this particular issue, it was the senators who identified [the beneficiaries],” Valte told reporters.

    Valte said the lawmakers identified where the funds should go and they also requested the transfer of the money from the Agrarian Reform department to the government owned and controlled corporation.

    “They [lawmakers]were the ones who requested that the agency in the beginning, if I’m not mistaken, it was supposed to be DAR [Department of Agrarian Reform], and then  transferred to the NLDC,” she said, referring to the National Livelihood Development Corp.

    Valte added “there are documents to that effect.”

    As a GOCC, the NLDC actively pursues a package of livelihood and enterprise development programs and interventions to hasten socio-economic growth in the countryside especially in the hard-to-reach agrarian reform communities (ARC).

    The NLDC serves sectors at the bottom rung of the economic ladder by making financing available to them and also by engaging them in capability-building programs, according to the agency’s website.

    Valte emphasized that Abad was not the one who identified the agencies “where the funds should go and which [agency]should execute the program.”

    Tiangco earlier said Abad had a hand in all DAP releases because of his position as Budget secretary.

    “We all know that there were fake NGOs that benefited from the DAP. The other question here is, who facilitated the special funds coming from DAP? Eh sino ba ang namumuno ng [who heads the]DBM?” he asked.

    But Abad said he questioned why the funds were channeled to DAR when the DBM had just approved the release of funds for the Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Service.

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    1. ….Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said Tiangco was barking up the wrong tree.
      >>>Ms Valte ngumawa na naman na para kang palaka. Lahat na mga binanggit mo para depensahan ang isang hayupak at garapal na Budget Secretary-Abad, sa simula pa lamang ay narinig na ng taong bayan. PERO HINDI MO NAMAN MAITAMA ANG IYONG SINSABI TANONG NI MR. TOBY. ….1) Sinu-sino ang bingyan at tumaggap ng mula sa Php10M hanggang Php100M mula sa DAP Funds?? 2) Sino GUMAWA AT PUMIRMA at saan nanggaling ang PEKE NA “SARO” ? 3) Sino at anong department ang “IMPLEMENTING AGENCY O NAGPATUPAD O NAGPAPATUPAD PARA ILABAS AT IPAMUDMOD ANG PERA NG BAYAN? 4) BILANG IMPLEMENTOR, DAPAT NILA SIGURUHIN NA TAMA AT TOTOONG ANG RECOMMENDED NGOs o hindi?
      IYAN ANG DAPAT AT SIGURUHIN MALINAW ANG ISAGOT NG KATULAD NA ASUSENA AT PALAKA NG MALAKANYANG TULAD NI MS VALTE, LACIERDA, COLOMA, ABAD, BELMONTE AT PULIDO-TAN dahil alam din niya kung sinu-sino ang mga congressman at senador na tumanggap mula sa DAP funds. KUNG SINUMAN ANG TUMANGGI AT SABIHIN WALANG ALAM SILA, NARARAPAT LAMANG NA WALA SILA O TANGGALIN NA SILA SA KANILANG TRABAHO SA GOBYERNO OTHERWISE…. !!!!

    2. I am in my 50’s now. In my entire life.. this news of corruption in the government is nothing new. You will see more of this in the next administration if… I bet my two.. and here is my if;.. the next malacanang occupant is from a poor family..and you fill-in the blanks.

      The past and recent scams..they are part of the cleansing process…the citizenry are just being challenged to be vigilant..but lo and behold in the Phils many vigilants are cash convertible.

      • Neither his parents were saints. His father’s assassination purged his image of sins. His mother, in her own desire for vengeance allowed herself to be seduced by OICs recommended by politicians with political agendas of their own. P’Noy’s own “sin” is he is really unaware of the problems of the country until a tragedy like Haiyan (Yiolanda) rubbed his nose in one. He is a child of privilege and like most, lives in an ivory tower.

    3. If Malacanang can’t show this masterlist to whom shall we go to? COA could give you the list. But they will not audit PDAP. Therefore we will never know until Aquino steps down.

    4. mikhail hieronymus on

      This administration is playing a dangerous game of hide and seek. One is reminded of the saga in America of one President Richard Nixon on the Watergate Case. He kept denying and denying until he was finally corned, and eventually RESIGNED !

      Rep. Tiangco knows that the RATS are in the house. It is just a matter of time before those RATS will be caught. Keep tracking, Mr. Tiangco. You will get your RATS.