Enrile got P727M pork in 2009, DBM says
MANILA - Former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile received and released a total of P727.7 million in pork barrel funds for fiscal year 2009 alone, according to data from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).
The DBM said Enrile's Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) went to various infrastructure, aid, and development projects nationwide.
He topped the list of senators and congressmen whose total PDAF released for the fiscal year amounted to more than P6.6 billion.
Another senator, Edgardo Angara, placed second with P405 million in pork barrel releases, while Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. placed third with almost P266 million.
Data from the Commission on Audit (COA) special audit on PDAF and various infra and local projects from 2007 to 2009 revealed that Enrile also was the top lawmaker in terms of pure PDAF.
Although former Compostela Valley Rep. Manuel "Way Kurat" Zamora got a total of P3.209 billion in pork barrel and various infra projects funds, the now vice governor's PDAF for the period only amounted to P88.1 million.
In comparison, Enrile's audited PDAF from 2007 to 2009 reached P612 million, the COA report said.
Angara placed second with P554 million, followed by Sen. Jinggoy Estrada (P481 million), Revilla (P473 million), and then Rep. Prospero Nograles (P334 million).
According to the COA special audit, the use of lawmakers' pork barrel funds for the given period were rife with various irregularities.
Enrile and other senators accused involvement in the pork barrel scam on Wednesday said they are not bothered by an announcement of the Department of Justice that lawmakers are among those who will be charged for the mess.
"Okay lang 'yon. Okay sa akin," Enrile told reporters. "My records are complete."