- Posted September 26, 2013 by
Political vendetta in Phl heightens
In a privilege speech on Wednesday, Estrada alleged that COA chairperson Grace Pulido-Tan presented incomplete audit reports that seemed to focus only on select lawmakers.
Vowing to work on the "notice of disallowance" for Estrada, Pulido-Tan explained that this is COA's tool to get back public funds found to have been misused. The COA chief said notices of disallowance can be appealed all the way up to the Supreme Court.
"He’s the first to receive this notice. He might be disappointed but we have to do this,” so I made a mental note,” Pulido-Tan told radio dzMM in Filipino.
In his speech, Estrada particularly noted that not a single notice of disallowance was issued under the special audit report for the pork barrel funds, officially known as Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), for the years 2007, 2008 and 2009.
"Filipino people, this is the copy of COA special audit report. More than 450 pages all in all. And nowhere, nowhere in all these pages can you find a single peso of disallowance or even a suspension! This probably shocked chairman Pulido-Tan," Estrada said.
The special audit report revealed that Estrada and fellow minority senators Bong Revilla and Juan Ponce Enrile coursed their pork barrel funds to fake nongovernment organizations (NGOs) set up by businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles, the alleged Scam Queen.
The report showed that several NGOs linked to Napoles received P1.23 billion from Estrada, Sen. Bong Revilla and Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile from 2007 to 2009.
Plunder, graft and malversation charges have since been filed against Estrada, Revilla, Enrile and 34 other people by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Manila.
In the complaint, the NBI said Estrada got P183,793,750 in kickbacks from businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles. The complaint said Revilla got P224,512,500 in kickbacks while Enrile got P174,834,500.