Group to COA: Audit PNoy’s P161B unprogrammed funds, P24.8 B pork barrel and P2.69 B intel funds

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CRITICS of the current administration today asked President Benigno Simeon Aquino III if  he played Santa Claus too to government officials last Christmas in the tradition of the P 1.6 million bonus given by Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile to 18 senators.

The fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) posed this question of the height of the controversy created by Senator Enrile awarding additional cash funds to senators, which were sourced from the savings of the August chamber last year.

“So let us call a spade a spade. Did the President play Santa Claus to members of his cabinet and government officials closed to his family and staunch allies in the Liberal Party. The President has P 161 billion fund under his covert  and covert disposal last year. The public wants to know what he did last year to his billions,” said Pamalakaya vice chairperson Salvador France in a statement.

The Pamalakaya leader noted that President Aquino also secured P 24.8 B pork barrel from 2012 general appropriations, excluding the P 2.69 B Congress had granted to him for intelligence funds.

“So the question is— Did President Aquino share his billions to his all time favorite officials and gangmates in Malacanang in the name of political patronage? The Chief Executive is hereby obliged to tell the truth and nothing but the truth,” added France.

Pamalakaya appealed to the Commission on Audit (COA) to undertake a major and honest audit performance on the P 161 billion unprogrammed funds for 2012, including the controversial P 24.8 B pork barrel and P 2.69 B intelligence funds.

“If the Senate President can play Santa, the President can surpass Senator Enrile in this role-playing department. Mr. Aquino cannot be just a reindeer here. He is Super Santa and Enrile is just a dwarf compared to him,” the group added.

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