Rep. Niel Tupas, Jr. of Iloilo province, a member of the ruling Liberal Party chaired by President Benigno Aquino 3rd, has denied releasing Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to bogus non-state entities owned by a certain Godofredo Roque.
Tupas was referring to the complaint filed by the Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino before the Department of Justice asking the Justice department to investigate him, as well as Senator Cynthia Villar and her husband Manuel, Jr., in connection to their alleged questionable Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) releases to the entities owned by Mr. Roque based on a Commission on Audit report.
“These accusations are politically motivated. This group is connected with my local political enemies. I have answered these accusations before and wrote COA to inform them that my alleged signatures [for those transactions]were faked,” Tupas said.
Tupas, Chairman of the House Committee on Justice, noted that releases to Rqoue can’t be true since the bulk of his PDAF went to financing scholarships for deserving students.
“I don’t know him [Roque] personally and I have never authorized any release [from my PDAF]to their group. This is really puzzling. We’ll look at filing charges [against my accusers]at the proper time,” Tupas added.
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has announced that her department will probe the alleged unlawful PDAF releases to the Roque group.
The investigation on the Roque group, however, is unlike the probe on the P10 billion PDAF scam allegedly schemed by Janet Napoles since the PDAF mess is being investigated by the Justice department and the National Bureau of Investigation. LLANESCA T. PANTI