Noy did not receive P40-M 'pork' as senator - DBM
MANILA - President Aquino was allocated but never received P40 million in infrastructure funds when he was a senator, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said over the weekend.
Abad said he found out that the amount was not released after checking his agency’s records and those of Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson.
The special audit report of the Commission on Audit on pork barrel funds disbursed in 2007 to 2009 shows that P40 million was “released” for Aquino’s “hard VILP (various infrastructure, including local projects)” from funds of Singson’s department.
The report did not indicate what year the amount was supposedly made available to Aquino.
However, there are no entries for him for Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and “soft” projects like medical assistance and scholarships for the three-year period.
This means that Aquino, unlike some of his Senate colleagues, did not receive his annual P200-million PDAF allocation. PDAF is the official name of the congressional pork barrel.
The COA special audit report lists six of Aquino’s colleagues who not only availed themselves of their annual P200-million PDAF share but received extra funds as well from the Arroyo administration.
The six with their excess allocations are Jinggoy Estrada, P402.1 million; former Sen. Edgardo Angara, P384.4 million; Juan Ponce Enrile, P347.5 million; Ramon Revilla Jr., P269 million; Miriam Defensor-Santiago, P26.5 million; and Lito Lapid, P13.6 million.