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Lacson: Who are The 13 Pork Senators?
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Global Pinoys: Isn't there a bit of "Napoles" in each of us?
Isn't there a bit of "Napoles" in each of us?
This scandal is like no other.
Unlike previous big ones,
the "mastermind" is not a political figure.
This time, the ringleader ("pasimuno") is an ordinary citizen!
Napoles knows, like all of us, that corruption has penetrated
every aspect of our sick society.
In the "august"hall of congress
Even in the CBCP (remember the "pajeros"?)
Even your friendly, fat "monsignor" who lives in Forbes!
Corruption is so pervasive in our country!
Let's be honest!
Isn't there a bit of "Napoles" in each of us?
Are we all corrupt?
Yes, varying only in degrees!
Are you a doctor who demands cash payments and no receipts?
Are you a motorist who will give P500 bribe to a traffic enforcer?
Are you a businessman ready to bribe the BIR examiner?
Are you an importer ready to bribe a Customs' examiner?
Are you a bishop who accepts gifts from politicians?
Are you an accountant who fudges the numbers to avoid taxes?
Are you a common citizen who simply shrugs his shoulder
and just say, "ganyan dito sa Pinas, eh!"
P.Noy's Fight vs. Corruption
Is P. Noy good? YES.
Is there still corruption? YES.
Is he doing something about it? We think so.
Is it enough? NOPE.
What do the "pork" senators say about the issue?
Like most Pinoy lawyers
They just resort to legalese talk
to confuse the issue!
the formal and technical language of legal documents that is often hard to understand.
MANILA, Philippines – The Senate minority group headed by Senator Juan Ponce-Enrile insisted that the transfer of the legislators’ “pork barrel” funds to non-government organizations (NGOs) has “legal basis” and that the responsibility to ascertain whether or not the NGOs are legitimate falls on the implementing agencies and local government units (LGUs) and not on legislators.
The opposition bloc is composed of Enrile, Senators Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada, Gregorio Honasan, Vicente Sotto III, JV Ejercito and Nancy Binay and three of them – Enrile, Honasan and Estrada – were being linked to the P10-billion “pork barrel” scam.
In a statement, the group rejected a Commission on Audit’s report that the transfer of legislators’ priority development fund (PDAF) known as pork barrel funds was “without legal basis.”
“The Senate minority group, however, wishes to point out that the COA Report is wrong,” said the group.
They pointed out that the General Appropriations Acts (GAAs) of previous years and even the GAA of the current year contained provisions allowing for the transfer of funds to civil society organizations, non-government organizations, and people’s organizations, subject to certain conditions.
“The practice of allowing NGOs to participate in the implementation of government projects was first introduced in 2007, when a special provision in the budget of the Department of Education was inserted to ‘encourage the participation of non-government organizations (NGOs) in the construction of school buildings…’” they said.
Subsequently, they said, the 2009 GAA provided for a specific provision, which states that no NGOs and people’s organization will be allowed to participate in the implementation of any program or project of the national and local government units “until such time that any earlier fund releases availed of by the said non-government organizations and people’s organizations shall have been fully liquidated pursuant to pertaining accounting and auditing rules and regulations, as certified by the head of the agency concerned and the Commission on Audit auditor.”
The same provision, they said, states that “The government agency and local government units shall ensure that the non-government organizations and people’s organizations that they deal with are legitimate…”
“The above-mentioned provisions clearly support our stand that: first, the transfer of funds to NGOs does have legal basis; and second, that it is not the responsibility of the legislators to ascertain the legitimacy of the NGOs which the IAs (implementing agencies) work with in the implementation of our projects. That burden falls on the IAs and the local government units concerned as provided by law,” Enrile’s group said.