Witness links former Cabinet secretaries Singson and Abad to “right-of-way” scam
UNTV News • December 12, 2017 • 3844
MANILA, Philippines — The witness to the alleged billion-peso “right-of-way” scam in Mindanao region, particularly in General Santos City, appeared before the hearing of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee and Public Works.
According to state witness Robert Catapang, there is a syndicate involving some DPWH officials who claim compensation for the legitimate owners of lands affected by the construction of a national highway.
Their alleged modus was to create a fake land title which they would present to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) so that they could receive their claims.
“The leaders of the syndicate are Nelson Ti and Wilma Mamburan. They are faking the land titles,” Catapang said.
“The contents of the letter support the allegation of our whistleblower Roberto Catapang Jr, that numerous transactions involving billions of pesos concerning right-of-way claim before the DPWH possibly tainted with irregularities,” Department of Justice Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre said.
The previous administration released a total amount of P 8.7-billion for its right of way projects.
Because of this, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre also accused former DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson and former Budget Secretary Florencio Butch Abad of being involved in the said anomaly.
On the other hand, Singsong strongly denied the allegations.
“But let me say I did not profit or gained anything from any of these land claims as accused by Secretary Aguirre, there is no P8.7-billion paid in General Santos, I was not a corrupt Secretary and definitely not a plunderer,” Singson said.
Singson argued many of the filed claim payments were done in 2007 and 2009 when he was not yet the DPWH secretary.
He said it was in 2012 when he ordered to stop the release of claim payments in Region 12 without validation from the Land Registration Authority.
The former DPWH secretary also clarified that the then administration released more than P2-billion only and not P8.7-billion for the right of way projects in Region 12.
The current leadership of the DPWH, meanwhile, said it is also conducting its own investigation on the issue.
The Senate will resume its investigation on the issue. It will also invite other personalities alleged involved in the said scam. – Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has completed the construction of classrooms in Amulung National High School and a road-widening project in Cagayan.
DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar cited the completion of a 4.23 kilometers road widening project funded under the 2018 Regular Infrastructure Fund. This is based on the report submitted by District Engineer Danilo U. Tabilas of DPWH-Cagayan Third District Engineering Office (DPWH-CTDEO).
The construction of a two-storey school building, which consists of eight classrooms, has also been completed. According to Villar, this aims to increase the number of students for the incoming school years.
“These new, sturdy, and comfortable classrooms will cater a total of 400 students and provide a conducive learning environment that will enable both teachers and students to exhibit their full potential,” he said.—AAC
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced that it has completed the construction of a new flood control structure in Alangalang town in Leyte.
In a statement released on Thursday , the DPWH said the new structure is designed to protect residents as the municipality is highly susceptible to flooding.
“The five-meter-high flood control wall was built to protect lives and properties by containing the waters which may rise to minimal levels during extreme weather events,” DPWH Secretary Mark Villar was quoted as saying.
In can be recalled that in 2018, a number of families from Barangay Salvacion and nearby barangays in Alangalang had to be evacuated after floodwaters brought about by Tropical Depression Agaton inundated eight towns in Leyte province.
Villar said a total of P40.95 Million was allocated under the 2018 General Appropriations Act (GAA) for the construction of the new 168-meter riprap and revetment wall in Barangay Salvacion in the town of Alangalang, Leyte.
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