The Senate should investigate how non-government organizations (NGOs) are being used in “questionable” transactions involving government funds, Senator Grace Poe said Monday.

In a statement, Poe said she will formalize this call for a congressional inquiry on the “unlawful” use of civil society groups in government transactions through a Senate resolution to be filed Tuesday.

“The corruption has become humongous that the amounts are no longer just in the millions but in the tens of billions of pesos and has become complex that NGOs and peoples’ organizations are utilized to masquerade illegal activities,” the neophyte senator said.

Poe made this call after the Philippine Daily Inquirer ran a series of reports last month detailing how fake NGOs supposedly used “pork barrel” funds of some senators and House members to fund ghost projects worth P10 billion.

The senator said she wants the inquiry to find out how government funds went to bogus NGOs, and which intended beneficiaries “suffered” due to the alleged anomaly.

“It is the poorest of the poor who feel the brunt of this breach of public trust. The PDAF belongs to the people, especially the most marginalized members of our society.  As the people’s representatives in government, we must put an end to the squandering of public funds in our country,” she said.

Last Friday, the COA also released its report showing that over P6 billion from “pork barrel” funds went to questionable NGOs from 2007 to 2009. Andreo Calonzo/BM, GMA News