Tuesday, 25 November 2014 11:31
(BY: ATTY. BATAS MAURICIO) LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS:“… Your rulers are rebels, partners with thieves; they all love bribes and chase after gifts. They do not defend the cause of the fatherless; the widow’s case does not come before them…” (Isaiah 1:23, the Holy Bible).
UNMASK DINGALAN’S NEW OWNERS: The disclosures about four choice lots in Dingalan, Aurora being owned by Vice President Jejomar Binay should be a cause for alarm among many other government officials who were reported to have acquired equally choice parcels of land in the town on account of plans to build an export processing zone, a big sea port, and a modern airport in a portion of the town facing the Pacific Ocean.
Now, there is a pressure for the town of Dingalan (where the world-famous Dingalan Bay is located) and for the province of Aurora to similarly disclose the names of other government officials, past and present, who have acquired almost all of Dingalan in the last several years, in anticipation of a business boom in the town.
These new owners of Dingalan must be unmasked, as it were, so the people will know where they got the money to buy those choice properties. If the money they used to buy Dingalan lots came from legitimate sources, so be it. But if it would become clear that the money came from funds received by them from the government, those properties should be immediately sequestered and held in trust for the Filipino people.
THE CAYETANOS HAVE A LOT TO EXPLAIN, TOO: And so the cat is out of the bag, so to speak, insofar as Taguig City is concerned. Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano himself has to explain where millions of his pork barrel funds really went, following the issuance by the Commission on Audit of its 2013 Audit Report. The COA report published by The Daily Tribune showed that even Alan’s wife, Mayor Lani Cayetano, has a lot of explaining to do.
Alan has become famous during the past several months on account of his participation in several Senate committee hearings where Vice President Jejomar Binay is being investigated for alleged misuse of billions of funds of Makati City at a time when he was still its mayor. Cayetano is in the forefront of these investigations, insisting that Binay engaged in plunder by overpricing various projects in the city.
The Tribune release quoted the COA 2013 Audit Report as follows: “Several projects in Taguig funded by the P165-million pork barrel of the senator… got a red flag from COA for being riddled with irregularities, among them the `ghost’ purchase of so-called `firebusters’ for a barangay.
COA BARES FINDINGS ON TAGUIG ANOMALIES: The same media release also said: “The findings of irregularities in the pork barrel projects of Cayetano were mentioned on pages 396 and 397 of the COA report on the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of members of Congress from 2009 to 2010.
“According to COA, P400,000 worth of `firebusters’ were purchased with Cayetano’s PDAF for the use of Barangay Calzada but far from being fire extinguishers, the firebusters were actually mere container drums with pails. The COA audit indicated the supplier, aside from not being licensed to conduct business, had denied entering into a contract to sell `firebusters.’
“ `The supplier of firebuster, Pinoy Inventions Inc. did not even have a business permit to operate. …The supplier did not confirm its transactions with the LGU (local government unit),’ the COA report said…” Indeed, Alan and Lani must hurry to explain their side on the findings of COA. True enough, what is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander!
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