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It includes officials from all levels of government, and some NGOs (non-government organizations) and partylist organizations.
We should not focus on just three persons,” Cuaresma said.
She urged the public to pressure the officials of the Aquino administration to look into the COA special audit report, and to push COA to issue notices of disallowances.
Although she was quick to add that she is not a lawyer, she said issuing notices of disallowances would put pressure on the concerned officials and they would be recorded as not yet cleared.
She said these actions are needed for the Ombudsman and the Sandiganbayan to act on it and file cases.
MANILA – The Aquino administration has concocted and implemented what it calls as a Disbursement Acceleration Program, yet, why can’t it accelerate the probe on how public funds are being distributed and spent?
This was just one of the questions aired by professors from the University of the Philippines in a press conference yesterday June 9.
Presenting their “UP list”, a timeline tracing the development (or lack of it) in the investigation and filing of charges since the pork barrel scam was exposed under President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, they concluded that the Aquino administration “proves to be reactive and inefficient in handling the pork barrel scam.” Not even the recent filing of charges against three senators could mitigate the assessment of the UP faculty of the Aquino administration’s foot dragging, or worse, coverup, on the pork barrel scam case.
The UP faculty members who took the time to trace and write down this timeline identify themselves as the UP Faculty Against Pork Barrel (UP Fac Pork).
They held their first press conference last year, shortly before the first explosion of public anger over the massive pork barrel scam involving businesswoman and suspected pork launderer Janet Lim-Napoles.
A timeline showing Aquino’s inaction, coverup Based on the “UP list” or timeline, the pork barrel scam, which began to hog the headlines in July last year, remains largely unresolved today due to the Aquino administration’s “inaction.” But by the end of the UP Fac Pork’s press conference, “inaction” has also become synonymous to coverup.
Noting that a month after the initial exposé of the pork barrel scam, President Benigno Aquino III made a public declaration, Aug.
2013, that it is high time to abolish the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).
The UP Pac Pork said President Aquino’s declaration was “mainly to placate growing unrest.” In terms of necessary political reforms, they said, Aquino’s actions had little impact. UP Fac Pork shows Aquino as literally draping in cover-up his allies, Budget Sec.
Abad and Agriculture Sec Alcala, who are both implicated in pork barrel scam. Salamat / bulatlat.com) The PDAF was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court on November 2013.
Since then it has almost been a year, and it is only now that charges against Napoles and against a few politicians are being filed.
Meanwhile, Napoles, President Aquino and his so-called rehabilitation chief Panfilo Ping Lacson have talked about different versions of the list of involved politicians.
Aside from the lists, the Commission on Audit (COA) has also issued a report containing lists of officials worth questioning about their handling or mishandling of public funds.
Joyce Cuaresma, associate professor for over 20 years and fiscal expert of UP-NCPAG (National College of Public Administration and Governance), said there are already information with paper trail, coming from the government itself, that should have set off investigations earlier.
She told that the COA should have issued notices of disallowances to all of the more than a hundred public officials listed in its special audit report of pork barrel disbursements covering the period 2017 to 2009.
What remained of PDAF funds for 2013 were allocated for disaster response. Antonio Tinio said, in two separate occasions, that the funds remained as pork, only the power over it was transferred to another’s hand, namely to the president.
“The current system of political patronage through budgetary allocations remains,” the UP Fac Pork said in a statement. The UP Fac Pork said Aquino himself has admitted to doing that in his speech last year where he said his administration will craft a “new mechanism.” In this new mechanism, the lawmakers still “suggest” projects to fund, and these funds are then released to implementing agencies.
Five to six government agencies thus received additional budgets.
In a separate forum held last February also in UP Diliman, ACT Rep.
Tinio disclosed that House pork for 2014 goes to six departments as “suggested” or recommended by lawmakers: Department of Health (P3.55 billion or $81.3 M); Department of Labor and Employment (P1.022 billion or $23.4 M); TESDA (P1.026 billion or $23.5 M); Department of Social Welfare and Development (P4.428 billion or $101.4 M); Department of Public Works and Highways (P6.4 billion or $146.6 M); CHED (P4.12 billion or $94.35 M).
Senators also reportedly realigned their pork as calamity funds, etc.
The UP Fac Pork said the Filipino people have to search for these fund allocations through the DBM (Department of Budget Management). “It is not the role of congressmen to allocate funds for scholarships, health services, etc.
– we have line agencies for that,” said UP Associate Professor Sarah Raymundo, as she facilitated the Fac Pork’s press conference.
‘No asset distribution in a setting with political dynasties’ The pork barrel scam and the pork barrel itself is perpetuating social inequities in the Philippines, said members of UP Fac Pork.
Why are there no adequate funds for social services, for education and the needed wage hike of teachers, but there are billions for pork?
She said the COA has also issued a report on the audit of the Malampaya and PSF (President’s Social Fund) under Aquino.
The UP faculty members said attention should be given to these reports and to the officials named in the audit reports, but, they asked, why is the attention focused only on Napoles’ lists?
Cuaresma said in the press conference that the COA reports listed people “who committed irregular, exceptional, extravagant, unconscionable acts.” The summary of the said report read: “The Audit disclosed that PDAF and VILP were not properly released by the DBM and not appropriately, efficiently and effectively utilized by the Implementing Agencies.” Both PDAF and VILP (Priority Development Assistance Fund and Various Infrastructures including Local Projects) are pork barrel funds as they are lump sum allocations to projects chosen or vetted and proposed by individual officials, and supposedly coursed through implementing agencies such as the Department of Public Works and Highways for ‘hard’ projects like construction of classrooms, waiting shed, etc., and certain NGOs and government agencies for “soft projects” such as health, livelihood, small infrastructure, peace and order and other activity-related projects.
The total appropriations included in the COA special audit covering these hard and soft pork for legislators in 2007 to 2017 under General Appropriations Act amounted to P79.878 billion ($1.83 B) or eight times as large as the pork allegedly scammed through Napoles ghost projects.
“It’s not just the three senators; the (COA) list is very long.
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