Pangasinan mayor charged for renting out town’s heavy equipment

corruptThe mayor of Anda, Pangasinan, is facing a graft charge for renting out the town’s heavy equipment without the approval of the Sangguniang Bayan.

According to the charge, Mayor Aldrin Cerdan in 2012 took advantage of his position and acted in bad faith when he rented out the town’s backhoe, payloader and dump trucks to JASA Builders.

Prosecutors said Cerdan of rented out the equipment for P100,000 without seeking authorization from the town council.

The mayor is accused of violating Section 22(c) of Republic Act 7160 or the Local Government Code, “thereby giving unwarranted benefits, advantage and preference” to JASA Builders.

Cerdan also allegedly violated Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, which prohibits giving any private party any unwarranted benefits, advantage or preference through manifest partiality, evident bad faith or gross inexcusable negligence.

The bail recommended is P30,000. CBB/rga


Basilan treasurer charged


State prosecutors have formally charged the provincial treasurer of Basilan for allegedly failing to remit P3.69 million in employee contributions to state insurance and housing agencies in October 2008. Mukim Abdulkadil faces four criminal cases before the Sandiganbayan for violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, as well as the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) Act of 1997, the National Health Insurance Act of 1995, and the Home Development Mutual Fund Law of 2009.

He allegedly failed to remit P2.74 million in premium contributions to the GSIS, and P112,273.11 to the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. within 10 days following the end of the month. He was also accused of failing to remit P832,987.28 in premium contributions to the Home Development Mutual Fund within the required 15 days from collection.

The Office of the Ombudsman in Mindanao recommended that bail be fixed at P48,000 for the four charges. —VINCE F. NONATO

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Pork is still alive and kicking in 2017 national budget

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno denied allegations that the P3.35-trillion national budget for 2017 had pork barrel insertions.

“Ang iniisip niya (Lacson) kung ang nag-identify ng proyekto ay congressman o kaya senador, pork na ‘yun. Hindi naman totoo ‘yun. Kasi ang konsepto ng pork na sinasabi ng Supreme Court, ‘yung during the implementation nakikialam ang congressman at senador. Kung ‘yun ay nilapit mo sa mga department secretaries, hindi naman siguro masama ‘yun” said Diokno.

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While Senator Lacson, said “While the Senate was deliberating the 2017 budget in the plenary.  Congressmen from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) came to see him to pleading their case.

“Inabot nga kami ng 10 p.m. sa office ko explaining in so many words, thus – “Buti nga sila, tig-P1.5 billion lang na projects. Yung iba raw congressmen abot ng tig-P5 billion,” he said in a statement.

“Change is coming? Maybe, pero it’s pork allocations changing hands from LP congressmen to those from Mindanao,” the senator said, referring to the former ruling Liberal Party.

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Further, Senator Lacson, said; ‘The roughly P8-billion in pork barrel tucked into the 2017 budget of the Department of Public Works and Highways, and reallocated to State Universities and Colleges to allow for free tuition, is back with the DPWH budget.

The P8 billion was restored, through a last-minute tweaking that effectively diluted the impact of the earlier reallocation to free higher education schooling.

The P8 billion was restored to Mindanao solons’ pork via the DPWH by gutting the budgets of disaster agencies.

President Rodrigo Duterte has slashed about P8.5 billion from the Calamity Funds under Special Purpose Funds in 2017 General Appropriations Act (GAA) to regain the P8 billion in monies that Lacson had pushed to transfer from the the public works projects of Mindanao congressmen to the SUCs to allow for free tuition in 2017.

“The Department of Public Works and Highways regained its slashed P8-billion “pork” in the General Appropriations Act of 2017. And additional P497 million, at the expense of the Calamity Fund,” Lacson said.

DPWH got anew P8.57 billion – with an additional P497 million – to boot, as a result of the huge cuts suffered by NDRRMF (National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund) or Calamity Fund under the Special Purpose Fund, Sen. Lacson.

As a result, the DPWH fund rose by P9.054 billion (from P445.766 billion to P454.721 billion).

“DPWH regains slashed 8B (pork?), gets 0.5B more. 8.3B free tuition stays, but Calamity Funds suffers cuts, from 37.2B to 15.7B,” Lacson said on Twitter.–pork-barrel-via-dpwh-back-as-p8-5b-is-cut-from-calamity-funds—lacson

Malacañang Palace to  the rescue by the President President Duterte’s spokesperson Ernesto Abella. He said the Department of Public Works and Highways would be in charge of projects addressing the effects of calamities.

“The Department of Public Works and Highways is solely responsible for identified projects— from repair and reconstruction of permanent structures to communities or areas affected by man-made and natural calamities,” Duterte’s spokesperson Ernesto Abella

 He said President Duterte would not condone individuals getting special favors.

“The President is particularly abhorrent to giving favors to particular individuals … even allies, in line with his inaugural vow to serve every one and not only one,” Abella further said.

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Executive Order No. 09

Strengthening the office of the Cabinet secretary, enhancing its power and functions, providing for its support staff for other purposes

Executive Order No. 09, Series 2016