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    Phl lawmakers question P16B foreign aid

    A PHILIPPINE official on Monday said all funds received by the government for the victims of Typhoon Ondoy had been channeled to the National Treasury, and people are welcome to check how the donations had been spent.
    “These funds could be spent as specified by law. The government is transparent. Its book is open for scrutiny,” Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said.
    Coloma was commenting on reports that a group of lawmakers is calling on the administration of President Benigno Aquino III to account for the P16-billion foreign aid for victims of Typhoon Ondoy.
    The group said that although the typhoon struck Metro Manila and nearby provinces in 2009, the bulk of the foreign aid was given in 2010 when President Aquino was already in power.
    Coloma said that it is the duty of the Commission on Audit to examine how the funds had been spent.
    He further said that the government is one with the group “in their advocacy that there should be transparency of information and accountability of public funds.”
    The group is led by Leyte 1st District Congressman Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, whose constituents were affected by Typhoon Yolanda. Romualdez is also the nephew of former First Lady Imelda Marcos.
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