MANILA, Philippines–A total of P670 million in pork barrel funds meant to uplift Muslim Filipinos went to dubious nongovernment organizations (NGOs) recommended by Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Gregorio Honasan II and 47 administration allies in Congress from 2011 to 2013, according to the Commission on Audit (COA).
The COA said the funds came from the lawmakers’ Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and Malacañang’s Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP)—pork barrel programs that the Supreme Court declared unconstitutional and have since been discontinued.
The funds were released through the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), an agency formed under the Office of the President in February 2010 to look after the well-being and culture preservation of Muslim Filipinos.
The COA said the NCMF allowed the PDAF and DAP funds transferred to questionable NGOs and livelihood kit suppliers that were outside the pork barrel scam web of accused plunderer Janet Lim-Napoles.
The Inquirer tried but failed to get immediate comments from Honasan and Enrile.
The COA said Honasan allegedly funneled P30 million of his pork barrel funds to fake foundations; Enrile P25 million.
Enrile is under hospital arrest in connection with the P10-billion PDAF scam allegedly engineered by Napoles. Also detained in the alleged diversion of PDAF funds to Napoles NGOs are Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla. Former Deputy Speaker Lorenzo Tañada III, one of the 47 representatives who used the NCMF as conduit, said that the PDAF projects he downloaded through the NCMF were implemented and not “ghost projects.”
“You can check with the NCMF with regard to their implementation,” Tañada said.
The COA cited the improper selection process in the disbursement of the PDAF and DAP meant for Muslims, pointing out that the senators and representatives themselves handpicked the NGOs or people’s organizations that would handle the livelihood projects for indigent beneficiaries based on their letters to the NCMF management.
“It is the audit team’s view that the selection of NGOs/POs should be undertaken by the NCMF because the funds were released to NCMF, thus, it is duty bound to account the said funds to the government and/or to the beneficiaries,” the COA said.
In its reply to the COA, the NCMF admitted that it had allowed the legislators to choose the NGOs. The NCMF said that this was the “practice” in other government agencies receiving PDAF for soft projects.
But the agency maintained that it imposed a 15-point accreditation process in place for NGOs and only those that met these standards were allowed to receive the funds.
“It is incorrect to say that the NCMF allowed the legislators to impose their chosen NGOs without the checking the eligibility of these NGOs,” the agency said.
But the COA stood by its findings, noting that most of the NGOs/POs granted PDAF and DAP projects were among those endorsed by the legislators from whom the funds of the project were charged.
The top NGOs used by lawmakers for their NCMF projects were Kaagapay Magpakailanman Foundation Inc. (P187 million), Rich Islas de Filipinas Foundation Inc. (P72 million), Maharlikang Lipi Foundation (P70 million), Kapuso’t Kapamilya Foundation Inc. (P68 million), Kagandahan ng Kapaligiran Foundation Inc. (P51.5 million), Kabuhayan at Kalusugan Alay sa Masa Foundation Inc. (P46 million), Livedures Foundation Inc. (P41.5 million), Coprahan at Gulayan Foundation Inc. (P26.776 million), BL Personal Touch Foundation Inc. (P26 million).
These were NGOs not owned by Napoles.
The COA also said the NCMF failed to provide complete documents in the grant and liquidation of the P670 million in PDAF and DAP funds it received from lawmakers.
The NCMF failed to monitor and assess whether the NGOs were authentic and implemented their projects, such as soap making, fish processing, candle making, haircutting and cosmetology, despite charging a 3-percent retention fee for every PDAF or DAP fund it processed, it said.
The COA said that out of the 21 NGOs that were chosen by lawmakers, 15 were either unknown or could not be located at their given addresses during the inspection conducted in January 2014.
The office addresses of six other NGOs were found, but the COA observed no existing operations in the sites.
It cited one NGO, Sinag ng Kaunlaran at Pagasa Foundation, which was granted P3 million in the PDAF of Rep. Luigi Quisumbing even though it was “barely eight months in existence without any certified proof that it had implemented similar projects when it received the fund transfer.”
At least three of the NGOs—U.F. Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Commoners Foundation Inc. and Tausog Women Producer Cooperative whose business addresses were located at Samal Village, Maluso, Basilan province; Kajzzelle Bldg., Roxas Avenue, Extension, Kalibo, Aklan province; and North Laud, Siasi, Sulu province—were not visited by the audit team due to the distance and for the safety of the team.
“Since the ocular inspection was conducted, one to two years after the implementation of the project, the nonexistence of the addresses provided by most of the recipient NGOs/POs and the offices maintained by some of them which were no longer located was an indication that upon completion of the PDAF projects, they possibly ceased/stopped operation and/or probably involved in illegitimate business ventures,” the COA said.
The NCMF was urged to conduct an investigation to verify the existence of ultimate beneficiaries and projects actually funded from the funds released to the NGOs and file appropriate charges against those responsible.
In its comment, the NCMF management claimed that accreditation papers of the NGOs (articles of incorporation, BIR registration and LGU permits) all contained the addresses of these NGOs, where they were located and contacted at the time of their accreditation and during the project implementation. In fact, during the implementation, most of these NGOs sent letters from these addresses informing NCMF of their project implementation dates.
The NCMF also noted that the inspection of the NGOs was done almost two years after they were accredited and the projects implemented. “It was possible that some of these NGOs have moved or closed office,” it said.
The same pattern of misdeeds was observed in the suppliers who provided the equipment and supplies for the livelihood projects.
The COA said ocular inspections of the business addresses of the suppliers showed various deficiencies, such as wrong addresses in the official receipts; they were engaged in a different business based on their BIR registration; and some of them were owned by the lawmakers’ project coordinators.
“With all the deficiencies noted, it is the audit team’s view that the livelihood projects implemented by the NGOs/POs were questionable,” the COA said.
The top suppliers of the NGOs were CC Barredo Publishing House (P155.588 million), LC Mercado Enterprises (P84.65 million), Narbon Agri-Nursery Development and Consultancy (P50.195 million), CRYL Enterprises (P24.647 million), MAC-BZ Trading (P22.765 million), Kalipunan ng mga Samahan ng Mamamayan Inc. (P19.994 million), USATBPA Enterprises (P10.085 million), JR & JP Enterprises (P9.7 million), Isochem Enterprises (P7.5 million), and Sunbait Pharmacy and General Merchandise (P7.22 million).
The NCMF, however, stressed that the transactions between the NGOs and suppliers were private deals. “There is no law or regulation allowing the NCMF to interfere with such transactions at the time they are contracted as long as these expenses are properly liquidated and the items received by the end-users,” the NCMF said in its reply.
The COA said that as of 2013, only 67 percent, or P451 million, of the P670 million PDAF and DAP fund transfers made by NCMF had been liquidated.
Eto ang taxes na binabayad natin kinukurakot lang nila. Ang mga OFW malalayo sa familia para kumita, nagbabayad ng buwis pagtapos ninanakaw lang ng mga buwayang ito. Tan....na, mga walang kaluluwa. Mga kawatan. Ang Dios lang ang nakakaalam...magbabayad din kayo balang araw. Ma ka karma kayong lahat, katulad ni de Venecia.
this is another golden opportunity for penoy to live by his anti corruption campaign promise by vigorously pushing government agencies to file charges, if appropriate, against these HONORABLES. I hope penoy displays the same vigor against these folks as he does with the BBL. If not, then he is no different from his predecessor, in my opinion.
Ang ating mga mambabatas ay numero unong hayok sa salapi! Karamihan ay puro MAGNANAKAW! Papaano naman tayo aasenso niyan, eh wala na talagang hiya ang ating mga pinuno at mambabatas. Buwagin na iyang kongresso! Tanggalin na iyang lintek na "pork barrel" ng mga buwayang mambabatas na ito. Kasuklam-suklam at talagang pagnanakaw lamang ang pakay ng mga ito. Nakakalungkot.
di na nahiya mga reps na ito kaya pala paglumakad ilang suvs ang convoy at minsan mga naka landcruiser pa yun pala galing sa mga fake ngos na ito pinambibili at pati fuel charge sa tax ng taong bayan.MGA PTANG INA NYO!MGA WALANG HIYA!
Well, I'm sure these 47 administration allies would like Roxas to win 2016 elections so that they can continue to live happily ever after. Bwahahahaha.
They would certainly not want Grace to win. They already know what Grace did to Purisima. Bwahahahaha.
And this things can not ever happen in Grace's presidency since she walks the talk when it comes to transparency and accountability. In contrast, the other guy just swallows what the party tells him to.
BBL will be the biggest DAP/PDAF/porl barrel of them all. This is why the corrupt President and his allies in Congress don't care however the majority of their constituents are against it or how tragic it could be in Philippine history.
Ibasura ang sinumang bayaran na magpipilit ipasa ang BBL. Ibagsak ang partido ng lukaret sa Malacanang.
Expose them all...there are other individuals with the same modus operandi as Janet Lim Napoles' NGO ghost projects...dividing their plundered loot with the corrupt politicians.... However, prosecuting and convicting them is another story....grabe talaga ang 'corruption' sa bansa natin......
'Adre-- there is no such thing as "mukha" sa Pilipinas anymore!! Manhid na ang bayan sa mga katarantaduhan kaya ma-expose man lang ang lahat--- bale wala na rin!! Tinatanggap na Normal na ito--- at malamang pinagmamalaki pa na "may-abilidad" sila!!!!
That is the sad truth...nagiging manhid na ang bayan...pero kahit papano kailangan pa rin ilantad ang mga katarantaduhan nitong mga magnanakaw na pulitiko...naniniwala ako may magandang kahihinatnan eto para sa bayan natin in the future..huwag tayo mawalan ng pag-asa...
Bugbug sarado na ang mga taong bayan. ! I think that to have a real change-- we got to have a cathartic event like a "Cultural Revolution" like China to get rid of the current "evil ways" and trapos!!! Otherwise-- tuloy lang ang ligaya -- but different kurakot players!!!
Are these people on the list guilty of wrongdoing? If they are, then submit their names to the Ombudsman & make the proper recommendation that the listed names should be submitted to the SandiganBayan for indictment. Let's stop the abuses of these shameless politicians. They are pests in our society. Prosecute them all so that they could never hold any public office for the rest of their lives. Enough is enough! These bastards have the audacity to wear crispy barong tagalogs roaming around the metropolis at the expense of the taxpayers money looking for business transactions to enrich themselves. SandiganBayan, keep busy! Send them to jail one by one. Indict them all without mercy! herc Orlando fl
ang iniimbistigahan lang ng ombudsman ay ang tatlong senador. Tapos pahinga na si aling conching. Kaya nga siya ang inilagay ni mongol aKKKino eh. Dahil yon ang misyon niya. Piliin lang yong kalaban sa politica. Ang ibang acusado ay naka hang lang yan. Meaning they should toe the line of the palace . Kung ano ang gusto ng palasyo dapat YES sila otherwise kasohan sila. Ganoon ka dumi ang administrasyon ni aKKKino. Kaya tingnan ninyo anong gusto ni aKKKino sa congress ay makuha niya dahil ang sword ni democelis ay naka hang sa kanilang ulo. Nag released ng billions na taxpayers money pangbigay sa mga iyan. not knowing na these vultures will pay aKKKino back as hostage of their own crime. hahahaha madumi si abad at evil si aKKKino. Lahat sila tumanggap ng bribed money mula sa palasyo pero hindi lahat kinasohan. Kung hindi sila susunod sa gusto ng palasyo ay hayan ireleased ang kanilang mga pangalan as DAP beneficiaries.Tina timing ang pag released ngayon ng kanilang mga pangalan dahil kailangan ni aKKKino ang YES votes sa BBL. Iyan ay babala sa ibang mga congressmen na ibunyag sila ng malacanang kung hindi iboto ang BBL. hahahaha. Ta mo pino postpone ang voting till next week. At ngayon nag relased ang COA ng mga pangalan ng ilang congressmen bilang babala sa iba. Sa botohan next week ay panalo na ang YES for BBL.
If the taxes we pay, which comes from our hard-earned money can be easily corrupted under present system, how much more if the BBL--which is notoriously riddled with countless loopholes--will be passed into law?
As long as there are corrupt politicians there will be no relief from anomalous transactions... meron naman silang mga katulong sa mga sangay ng gobyerno na nalalagyan..so i do not see an end to kickbacks...tuwid na daan is just set aside sa mga politicians na matatakaw..
Nakakasawa na...ibabalita...mageexpose...walang nakukulong or nabibitay...makulong man e may sariling selda at may aircon pa...di nga nila macontrol mga drug lord sa bilibid, mga may position pa kaya sa gobyerno? #facepalm
by the way the justice system works and crawls like a snail, it will take at least another century to just go through the current lists. it will take another century or more to go through those that are not yet on the list!
Sa totoo lang mga Pinoys sa Amerika walang mga PDAF, LDAP, KDAF na kung saaan mga opisyal lang ng gobyerno nakakaintindi... Dyan sa pinas DAMI NYO ABBREVIATION ITS AN OBVIOUS FORM OF MISLEADING THE FILIPINO MASS. PEDE NAMAN SABIHIN BUDGET DBA> YUN LANG NAMAN ANG TAMANG TERM BUDGET...BAKIT SOBRANG DAMI BA NG PERA NG PINAS AT BAKIT KELANGAN PA GUMAWA NG DAP AT PDAF PARA MAALLOCATE ANG BUDGET... MGA KUFAL INCOMPETETIVE KAYU
This has been going on for years, these NGOs or National Graft Organizations has been the source of these legislators for funds for their personal gain, to prove their culpability depends on how determined and resolute we are to pursue it.
This is Aquino and Abad doing this. Buying loyalty around the country with taxpayer pesos. The DAP funds make all previous pork barrel funding look small in comparison. DAP funding has exceeded 50 Billion Pesos over the last 5 years and we all think Aquino Administration was super clean...LOL.
Di nyo ba nabalitaan kay De Liela na exempted na yong third batch na karamihan ay tropa ni CNoy at mga susunod pa sa asunto? May pases na po sila. Aalalay na lang daw kay De Liela pagdating sa election. Next nonsense please.
LMAO! Honasan, the coupal leader! He is Enrile's little boy in a soldier's uniform! Honasan should be executed along with all of these lawmakers who have gravely stolen from the people and have caused death, hunger, sickness, and poverty to the people.
Furthermore, at a time when our armed forces badly needed funds to upgrade and modernize its equipment, we had these morons continually stealing funds from the people. They have also gravely degraded the security of our nation.
Execute all these lawmakers who have minds of evil!