Pork barrel mess, new appointment bares Akbayan wallowing in greed

YOUTH group Anakbayan slammed the provision of P140 million in funds in the care of party-list Rep. Kaka Bag-ao, saying this is no different from the campaign funds they received from the Aquinos.

“True to their nature as Noynoy Aquino’s attack dog in the partylist arena, Akbayan has again received millions from the Aquinos to ensure their survival in the elections” said Vencer Crisostomo, national chairperson of Anakbayan.

He pointed out that in the 2010 elections, the Aquinos and other close associates of the presidential family provided a total of P140 million in support of Akbayan’s campaign.

The youth leader said that the P140 million received by Bag-ao last December was ‘nothing but political patronage, pure and simple’, considering that the Akbayan solon was no longer eligible to be appointed as ‘caretaker’ of the congressional district of the Dinagat Island after its previous congressman was removed.

Citing Section 15 of Republic Act 7941, or the Partylist Law, Crisostomo said Bag-ao forfeited her seat as a nominee of Akbayan when she submitted her candidacy for the sole congressional district of the Dinagat Islands last year. Hence, she was ineligible for appointment as ‘caretaker congresswoman’.

“NaKAKA-high blood. Garapalan na ang Akbayan sa KAKA-kurakot” (It is enraging. Akbayan is shameless when it comes to corruption) said Crisostomo, playing with Rep. Bag-ao’s name.

Meanwhile, Anakbayan also condemned the appointment of another Akbayan official in the Aquino government, calling it ‘the latest political dynasty’.

Tomasito Villarin was appointed yesterday to replace another Akbayan official as Undersecretary in the Office of the Presidential Advisor for Political Affairs, an office headed by former Akbayan president Ronald Llamas. Barry Gutierrez, the previous occupant of the seat, resigned to run as the 2nd nominee of Akbayan in the 2013 elections.

“Parang corona lang na pinagpapasahan” (It’s like a crown being passed around) noted Crisostomo.

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