My Google Page Rank

'Pabaon' probe should extend to all former Chiefs of Staff - Chiz

PDFPrintE-mail

The Senate blue ribbon committee should extend its current investigation to all former chiefs of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to determine if the “pabaon” practice has been going on for a long time, Senator Chiz Escudero said yesterday.

This after a retired lieutenant revealed in Thursday's Senate hearing that former AFP chief of staff Angelo Reyes received a P50-million “sendoff” gift, or what’s commonly known in the military circle as  “pabaon”. On top of that, Reyes was said to have received a monthly take of at least P5 million during his 20-month stint as chief of staff.

Retired Lt. Col. George Rabusa had admitted into delivering the money amounting to P50 million to Reyes’ quarters in Camp Aguinaldo in 2001, the year when the latter retired from his post. Rabusa said he brought the money to Reyes together with then military comptroller, Lt. Gen. Jacinto Ligot.

“I urge the blue ribbon committee to seriously look into this matter. It should include former chiefs of the AFP because if this is really an ongoing tradition, it must be nipped in the bud,” Escudero said.

“It is an outright mockery of justice that while soldiers who really fight hard die in the field, their officials swim in cash while cooling their heels inside their air-conditioned offices,” he added.

Escudero, chairman of the Senate defense and security committee, also wanted to probe the other officers involved in slashing funds in order to come up with a slush fund for distribution to ranking officials and outside recipients.

Rabusa said almost a billion was pooled from the “provisions for command directed activities” (PCDA) fund and “savings” from the personnel services budget of the military.

“These former officers have a lot to answer for because if what Col. Rabusa is saying is true, that is not only graft and corruption that is definitely technical malversation,” the senator pointed out.

The senator said the testimony of the colonel should be reduced to an affidavit or if his testimony was made under oath, it should immediately be used to file a plunder complaint against Reyes.

“The ‘I cannot remember’ answer of Secretary Reyes was not an outright denial in spite of the categorical accusation. If it were totally untrue, he’d be defending himself to his teeth,” he said.

According to Escudero, it was appalling to learn that the excesses of these military officials account for the decrepit supplies of the soldiers who are really in the line of fire and are actually fighting.

“Now we don’t have to wonder why we have defective arms in the military, why our soldiers are ill- equipped and why they are poorly-rationed in the field: their officials have busied themselves fully arming their personal bank accounts,” Escudero said.




Related news items:
Newer news items:
Older news items:

Add comment


Security code
Refresh

ZAMBOANGA CITY WESTERN EAGLES CLUB SPORTFEST

23 Jul 2017 Hits:66 Be the first to comment!

Este el  TFOE Philippine Eagle WMR -3  ZCWEC Basketball League que ya encabesa el Presidente de ZCWEC  Eagle  Jimmy  U. Cabato y el Tournament Manager si Eagle Allan E. Lagumbay . El Basketball Tournament ta composita12 Teams naentero Region 3 de Western Mindanao , Este el : 1. Zamboanga City Central Eagles Club 2. Zamboanga City Eastern Eagles Club 3. Zamboanga City Metro Eagles Club 4. Zamboanga Hermosa Eagles Club 5. Zamboanga Western Eagles Club 6. Tungawan Western Eagles Club 7. Ipil Eagles Club 8. Kabasalan Eagles Club 9. Alicia Eagles Club 10. Titay Eagles Club 11. Sibuco Eagles Club 12. Siocon Eagles Club El ya sale ganador : Champion – IpilEC , 1st Runner Up – Zamboanga City Central Hermosa EC y 2nd Runner up – Zamboanga City Hermosa EC. Individual Awards: Best [...] Read more

Prev Next Page:

SPEED FIRE... RONNEL

21 Jul 2017 Hits:79 Be the first to comment!

Este si Ronnel Ivan Lao Basiri, conosido na nombre “Ronnel” , 22 años de edad, 5’7” el altor , soltero y residente de Tetuan , Ciudad de Zamboanga .Si Ronnel [...] Read more


Mayor, security sector meets with Maranao leaders

20 Jul 2017 Hits:110 Be the first to comment!

Mayor Beng Climaco and the security sector met with leaders of the Maranao community in Zamboanga to discuss issues pertaining to the ongoing Marawi crisis, the condition of Maranao families [...] Read more


D’ FAST and D’ FURIOUS... KAN

20 Jul 2017 Hits:91 Be the first to comment!

Este si Hemill Kan Lao Basiri , ta llama conele na palayao “KanKan”, 25 años de edad, 5’5” el altor, y residente de Tetuan , Ciudad de Zamboanga . Su [...] Read more


Man hacked by neighbor

19 Jul 2017 Hits:89 Be the first to comment!

A man was hacked by his neighbor near Jumbo Bridge in Barangay Guiwan, this city, on Sunday night. The victim was identified as Jimmy Delos Reyes Viray, 39, single, a resident [...] Read more


D’ SLASHER... BRYAN

19 Jul 2017 Hits:81 Be the first to comment!

Este si Bryan Russel Balansag Animos , ta llama conele “Bryan “, 26 años de edad, 5’10 el altor , soltero y residente de Pasonanca Ciudad de Zamboanga . Su [...] Read more


D’ QUICK BROWN FOX … Rhon Rhon

18 Jul 2017 Hits:101 Be the first to comment!

Este si Ronnel  Tatud Daruca , ta llama conele na palayao “Rhon Rhon”, 28 años de edad , 5’8” el altor , soltero y residente de Tumaga , Ciudad de [...] Read more


D’ HAWK... ALVIN

17 Jul 2017 Hits:97 Be the first to comment!

Este si Alvin John Bernardo Munio , ta llama conele “Alvin”, 31 años de edad, 6’1” el altor , y residente de Caragasan , Maasin , Ciudad de Zamboanga . [...] Read more


DOLPHIN MOVES... JUN JUN

16 Jul 2017 Hits:133 Be the first to comment!

Este si Angelito Surjedo Pacatang Jr., ta llama conele na palayao “Jun Jun” , 26 años de edad , 5’8” el altor y residente de Callejon Drive . Guiwan , [...] Read more


(Sharing Time) There’s no end of the world, but only..

16 Jul 2017 Hits:99 Be the first to comment!

TO disabuse the minds of many, there’s no destruction of our planet Earth in its physical form. The earth won’t at all go kaput or be devastated into pieces. The [...] Read more


IRON MAN PLAYER… Modz

15 Jul 2017 Hits:105 Be the first to comment!

Este si Modivar Mabolo Enriquez, ta llama conele na palayao “Modz”, 36 años de edad,  5’10” el altor, casao y su esposa si Leslie Morales Enriquez, diila mga anak si [...] Read more


Man stabbed in Ayala

15 Jul 2017 Hits:111 Be the first to comment!

A man was allegedly stabbed while walking with his common-law-wife in Dumagsa, Barangay Ayala, this city, on Wednesday night. Reports coming from Police Station 9 identified the victim as Jessie Dagooc [...] Read more


CHO withholds occupancy permits for Z3R housing units

15 Jul 2017 Hits:91 Be the first to comment!

The City Health Office has withheld its recommendation for the issuance of occupancy permits for the housing projects under the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Reconstruction and Rehabilitation (Z3R) due to [...] Read more


Driver surrenders to soldiers after bumping girl on road

14 Jul 2017 Hits:117 Be the first to comment!

For fear of retaliation from the family of his victim, a Public Utility Van (PUV) driver surrendered to the members of the Philippine Marines manning a checkpoint at Barangay Muti, [...] Read more


WILD CAT MAGIC… DASH

14 Jul 2017 Hits:105 Be the first to comment!

Este si  Esa, Al-Daser Hajiri , ta llama conele na palayao “Dash”, 22 años de edad, 5’10” el altor y residente de Armor Village, San Jose Gusu Ciudad de Zamboanga [...] Read more


D BARKER… SAN SAN

13 Jul 2017 Hits:114 Be the first to comment!

Este si Ensan Wil Delos Santos, ta llama conele na palayao “San San”, 24 años de edad, 5’6” el altor , casao y su esposa si Reivarie Joyce T Reyes [...] Read more


Zambo qualifies for WWF’s ‘One Planet City Challenge’

13 Jul 2017 Hits:111 Be the first to comment!

Zamboanga City is one of the ten cities in the country that has successfully qualified to join in the 2017-2018 edition of the World Wide Fund for Nature’s (WWF) ‘One [...] Read more


Zamboanga team to 1st HDWOC bags 11 medals

11 Jul 2017 Hits:122 Be the first to comment!

Zamboangueño weightlifters who participated in the 1st Hidilyn Diaz Weightlifting Open Championship (HDWOC) held at the Meralco Fitness Center in Ortigas, from July 8-9 brought home a total of 11 [...] Read more


D ENFORCER ….. JUK

11 Jul 2017 Hits:119 Be the first to comment!

Este si Eddie Mar Chan Santos, conosido na nombre “Juk”, 30 años de edad , 5’11” el altor, casao cun Laureen P. Santos y residente de Km7, Pasonanca, Ciudad de [...] Read more