If Pnoy is really bent on going after corrupt officials, he should start looking within the National Irrigation Administration (NIA).
Reports reaching this columnist say that several officials of the agency have become multimillionaires and own acres of land, helicopters, luxury vehicles, several condominium units in Taguig and Makati cities and fat bank deposits.
But of course, the pieces of property of these crooked officials are in the names of other persons to make it appear they do not own the property.
For example, a certain “Director Galbes” reportedly owns 50 units of taxicabs, a beach resort, a helicopter, several condominiums in Metro Manila, yet his monthly salary is only P50,000.
Another official, a “Direk Raz,” is rumored to own a hospital in Mindanao and a couple of condo units in Taguig’s “Global City.”
No wonder our irrigation system is still in a very poor state despite the billions of pesos allocated to NIA every year.
The Ombudsman can start looking into the lifestyles of these two officials and charge them with graft if warranted.
As Pnoy once said, “Saan po kayo kumukuha ng kapal ng mukha?”
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Singson should monitor Road Board
Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson should closely monitor the activities, particularly the biddings of projects, of the Road Board.
The Road Board is an agency under the Deparrtment of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) that is also in charge of road maintenance and repairs but most of its funds come from the road users tax.
Stories circulating within the DPWH say a certain Ditas Ignacio allegedly corners all the big projects in that agency.
A group of constructors have reportedly questioned the board’s frequent awarding of multimillion projects to Ignacio.
Rumor has it that Ignacio is related to a ranking official of the board and is believed to be the reason why she gets all the juicy contracts of the agency.
I’m sure Secretary Singson will immediately take a closer look at this issue to level the playing field between Ignacio and the other contractors who just want to earn a living in “matuwid na daan” (straight path).