9 SARO ni Sen. Enrile mula 2007-2009, binusisi sa pagdinig ng petition for bail ni Janet Napoles

admin   •   August 15, 2014   •   3942

Binusisi sa pagdinig ng petition for bail ni Janet Lim-napoles kanina sa Sandiganbayan Third Division ang siyam na SARO ni Senador Juan Ponce Enrile mula 2007-2009 (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Nakinig at nag-obserba ang tinaguriang utak ng PDAF scam na si Janet-Lim Napoles sa halos tatlong oras na direct examination ng special state prosecutor witness na si Commission On Audit (COA) Assistant Commissioner Susan Garcia.

Si Garcia ang nanguna sa special audit team na nag-imbestiga sa 9 na Special Release Allotment Orders o SARO ni Senador Juan Ponce Enrile mula 2007-2009.

Sa nasabing pagdinig, inihayag ni Garcia ang kakulangan ng liquidation documents sa mga SARO ni Sen. Enrile.

Bagaman naka-attach ang mga project proposal, memorandum of agreement (MOA) sa pagitan ng implementing agency, Non-governmental organization o NGO at office of Senator Enrile, wala namang katunayang natanggap ng mga beneficiary ang mga produkto o item maging ang mga katibayang naipatupad ang mga proyekto.

Karamihan naman sa mga transakyon base sa mga SAROng inimbestigahan ng grupo ni Garcia, ang mga endorsement sa mga NGO at MOA ay pinirmahan nina Atty. Lucila Gigi Reyes at Jose Antonio Evangelista, na kapwa Deputy of Staff ni Sen. Enrile at umano’y authorized representatives ng senador.

Sa pagdinig, binanggit din ang ginawang inspeksyon ng itinalagang special audit sa mga sangkot na supplier at NGO.

May mga supplier umanong hindi rehistrado at otorisadong magbenta ng produktong pang-agrikultura tulad ng fertilizer.

Samantalang ang mga NGO naman, bagaman may supporting document ng kanilang delivery, ay pinabulaanan ng mga nakatalang beneficiary na karamihan ay mayor at provincial agricultural officers.

Base naman sa abogado ni Napoles na si Atty. Stephen David, bukod sa walong NGO na iniiugnay sa kompanya ni Napoles, nais din malaman ng kaniyang kampo ang iba pang NGO na inimbestigahan ng COA.

“Dun sa 82 na yan, 8 nga ang nili-link sa JLN Companies, so ngayon, kaya hinahayaan ko ang prosecutor na magsalita nang magsalita kasi gusto ko lumabas, sino yung 74,” saad ni Atty. David.

Samantala, kinuwestiyon naman ng Sandiganbayan Third Division Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang at Samuel Martires kung bakit hindi nagagawang i-audit ang lahat ng transaksyon ng mga ahensya ng pamahalaan.

Base sa pahayag ni Garcia, sa bulto ng regular na transaksyong ino-audit ng mga resident auditor at nakatuon lang sa direct transfer of funds, hindi na nila nao-audit lahat bukod pa sa kulang din ang mga tauhan ng COA.

Sinabi rin ni Garcia na hindi saklaw ng mga resident auditor ang PDAF kaya may isinagawang special audit. (Rosalie Coz, UNTV News)

Ombudsman lambasts journalist over disrespect, ‘SALN wiretapping’

Marje Pelayo   •   December 19, 2019

Ombudsman Samuel Martires

MANILA, Philippines — Ombudsman Samuel Martires on Wednesday (December 18) lambasted journalist Malou Mangahas for secretly recording him in an informal conversation regarding his decision not to release President Rodrigo Duterte’s statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) for 2018.

In a statement, Judge Martires stressed that what he had with Mangahas was never a formal interview but a brief, informal conversation while the journalist was being persistent, tailing him in the hallway of a hotel in Manila on Monday (December 9).

Martires said he was never informed by Mangahas that she was already interviewing him and worse, he was not informed that the journalist was already recording him.

“For the record, hindi humingi ng consent mula sa akin bilang interviewee si Ms. Mangahas para irekord ang aming kaswal na pag-uusap (Ms. Mangahas did not ask for my permission to record our casual conversation),” Martires said.

“Sa ganang akin, hindi lamang niya nilapastangan ang aking pagkatao ngunit nilabag pa niya ang Anti-Wiretapping Law (For my part, she did not only disrespect my person but she also violated the Anti-Wiretapping Law),” he stressed.

Martires continued saying Mangahas showed an “unethical behavior” unbecoming of a veteran journalist and writer.

Martires insisted that while he recognizes the public’s right to access SALNs of public officials, he is mandated to protect their rights as well under the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act 6713.

In reaction to Martires’ claims, Mangahas posted on the website of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) her side of the story.

“Ombudsman Martires knew that as a public official with expertise and mandate on the issues raised, he was speaking face-to-face with a journalist with a legitimate journalistic purpose, on a matter of public interest. The conversation occurred in a public space and even with the full knowledge and in full view of his own personnel from the Office of the Ombudsman,” the PCIJ Executive Director said.

“PCIJ respects the views of Ombudsman Martires on this matter but respectfully insists, too, that all he has to do now is release President Duterte’s SALN for 2018, pending the long-awaited issuance of his new guidelines, and consistent with the mandate of the Office of the Ombudsman as ‘the Protector of the People,’” she added.

De Lima says Ombudsman request for explanation on GCTA rules ‘highly irregular’

Robie de Guzman   •   September 10, 2019

Senator Leila de Lima (File photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB)

MANILA, Philippines – Detained Senator Leila de Lima on Tuesday said she finds the request of the Office of the Ombudsman to explain the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Republic Act 10592, which increased the good conduct time allowance given to inmates, as “highly irregular.”

In a statement, De Lima confirmed she has received the letter of the Ombudsman directing her to explain or clarify in writing the IRR of the GCTA law.

Ombudsman Samuel Martires earlier wrote a letter, a copy of which was released to the media, requesting De Lima and Mar Roxas to explain the implementing rules they drafted for RA 10592.

READ: Ombudsman seeks De Lima, Roxas clarification amid probe on GCTA rules

De Lima was the Justice Secretary while Roxas was the Interior and Local Government chief when the law was enacted in 2013.

Martires wanted De Lima and Roxas to explain why the IRR they drafted only disqualifies from benefitting from the law those who are recidivists, who have been convicted previously twice or more times of any crime and those who failed to surrender before a court after being summoned.

The Republic Act 10592, which expanded the GCTA stated in the Revised Penal Code, excludes recidivists, habitual delinquents, escapees and persons charged with heinous crimes from its coverage.

“In this regard, this (Ombudsman) Office requests the submission, within three days from receipt hereof, of a written explanation/clarification on why the foregoing provision in the IRR does not contain the same disqualifications as enumerated in the last paragraph of Article 29 of the Revised Penal Code, as amended by Section 1 of R.A. 10592,” the letter read.

But De Lima noted the opening of the letter, which says the Office of the Ombudsman has “opened a fact-finding investigation on alleged irregularities in the implementation of the GCTA law.”

“Am I to be treated here as a resource person, a respondent, or a probable respondent?” she asked.

“Is this a set-up for me and Sec. Mar into taking the fall for the Sanchez-Faeldon scandal with which we have nothing to do?” she added.

De Lima said she finds this development “highly irregular,” and that she will have to consult her lawyers on the matter.

The senator was referring to earlier reports that convicted rapist-murderer, ex-Calauan mayor Antonio Sanchez could be among the 11,000 convicts eligible for early release due to the new GCTA rule.

The news sparked public outrage and led to Sanchez’s aborted release, President Rodrigo Duterte’s dismissal of Nicanor Faeldon as Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief and the Ombudsman’s order to suspend several BuCor officials linked to the questionable application of the GCTA law.

A series of Senate hearing on the issue also revealed the purported ‘GCTA for sale’ and ‘hospital pass for sale’ at the national penitentiary.

The said schemes allegedly involving several BuCor executives purportedly allow moneyed inmates to get hospital referrals and other prison benefits on the basis of tampered medical record that would make it appear that they need to be transferred to less congested facilities for health reasons.

COA: MRT-3 revenues, number of passengers in 2018 hit record low

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 16, 2019

The revenue operations including the passenger ridership and ticket sales of the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3) has declined in 2018, according to the Commission on Audit (COA).

Based on the COA report, this is due to the low number of trains used.

“With only an average of 13 out of the 24 train sets plying on the rail tracks, thereby heightening the discomfort of the riding public,” according to the report.

From over 140 million passengers recorded in 2017, it went down to 104 million in 2018. This dropped the MRT-3’s revenue to P2.07 billion from P2.78 billion.

COA reiterated the need for the MRT-3 to fix the train system.

Meanwhile, the MRT-3 is currently conducting rehabilitation for their train system which is set to be completed in 2020.

The UNTV News and Rescue asked the management of the MRT-3 for comment and is still awaiting their response.—AAC (with reports from Harlene Delgado)

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