Ombudsman junks CGMA OWWA plunder case by mere technicality –OFW group
MIGRANTS right group, Migrante-Middle East (M-ME) today expressed disappointment on the Ombudsman junking the plunder case against former President and now Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
“By mere technicality, the Ombudsman junked the plunder case versus CGMA over OWWA fund misused and malversation,” said John Leonard Monterona, M-ME regional coordinator.
Monterona added, “The Ombudsman failed to recognize the nature of the OWWA fund, which is a trust fund that is being compulsory charge to every departing OFWs.”
“There is no single centavo shared by the government to the OWWA fund, and yet the fund has been misused and misappropriated without guarantee and protection of the fund,” Monterona lamented.
Monterona added that the Ombudsman should have ordered to account the millions of OWWA fund that were transferred and misused by CGMA and her cohorts.
Monterona added their group is against the move by some pro-administration Congressmen including Akbayan Rep. Walden Bello, who chairs the especial Congressional Committee on Overseas Workers Affairs (COWA) to convert OWWA as a premier OFW welfare agency into a Government owned and controlled corporation (GOCC) as it will be transformed into a full money-making machine.
“Walden Bello of Akbayan and the Aquino govt. is eyeing the P12-B OWWA funds merge to the national govt. coffers or worst misuse the funds for partisan purposes and activities to advance their anti-people and anti-OFW agenda just like of the Arroyo regime,” Monterona lamented.