LEGAZPI CITY: Gov. Joey Salceda of Albay is unfazed by the malversation case filed against him by the Volunteers Against Graft and Corruption (VACC) before the Office of the Ombudsman.
Salceda said he is ready to face the charges filed against him by VACC, and denied the alleged ghost relief project for Mayon evacuees in 2009.
As practiced, the provincial government of Albay released food assistance to affected communities prior and immediately after the preemptive evacuations, to ensure that every family or evacuee will not be famished while they are being housed at temporary shelters for safety.
The provincial government of Albay issuance of food allocation was based on the report submitted by the city, municipal and barangay (village) officials to the Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (Apsemo) before the provincial social welfare department could release food relief.
“Thus, all funds including fund transfers from the national government are fully accounted for and there are no such ghost deliveries. If these supposed recipients failed to get their reported allocation, we will investigate to uncover the responsible person and dealt with necessary action,” Salceda said.
Complainants Michael Mina, Manuel Alagaban Sr., Julius Del Rosario, Bienvenido Belga Sr. and VACC Chairman Martin Dino accused Salceda and his social welfare and development office head Yolanda Guanzon liable for malversation of P47 million in funds. The complainants said they did not receive sacks of rice even when they were enlisted as supposed beneficiaries of aid for evacuees.