• Staff of a lawmaker linked to fake SARO mess won’t be fired

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    A lawmaker won’t fire her staff who is already under investigation for alleged use of a fake Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) to secure fund release from the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) just yet.

    Rep. Lilia Nuño of Zamboanga City made the announcement a day after her staff named Emmanuel Raza went on one month leave pending the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) probe on his involvement in coursing a fake SARO to the House Appropriations panel.

    “I would not fire him yet because he is still under investigation. I would rather wait for the result of that probe because I want to know the whole story behind this syndicate,” Nuño told reporters.

    Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. of Quezon City, earlier identified Raza as the Congressional staff who is in possession a fake SARO and attempted to course such fake document to the office of Rep. Baby Aline Alfonso-Vargas of Cagayan.

    Per Belmonte, the fake SARO was coursed to Alfonso’s office thru a staff from the House Appropriations panel named Jose Badong. LLANESCA T. PANTI

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