GMA-7 probes radio anchor linked to pork barrel bribes

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Melo del Prado is among media personalities accused of receiving payoffs from the pork barrel scam

ETHICS. GMA Network probes DZBB radio anchor Melo del Prado, who allegedly benefited from the pork barrel scam. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

MANILA, Philippines – GMA Network has formed a 3-member panel to investigate reports that DZBB radio anchor Carmelo del Prado Magdurulang received bribes from pork barrel allocations to a government-owned and controlled corporation. 

In a statement, GMA said the panel is composed of lawyers:

  • Ed Santos, First Vice President for Internal Audit
  • Lynn Delfin, Vice President for Legal Affairs
  • Gerrome Apolona, Vice President for Human Resources.

Magdurulang, better known by his radio name Melo Del Prado, is among the media personalities accused by former officials of the National Agribusiness Corporation (Nabcor) of receiving payoffs disguised as advertising placements. TV5 anchor Erwin Tulfo was among those implicated in the issue.  

An earlier Inquirer report quoted former Nabcor officials as saying the state-owned company issued 3 checks to Magdurulang in 2009 with amounts totaling P245,535. 

The money allegedly came from lawmakers’ Priority Development Assistance Fund awarded to bogus non-governmental organizations through Nabcor. 

The case is now under investigation by the Department of Justice.

The network said it expects its own investigation to be completed in two weeks. Results will also be announced by then.  – Rappler.com

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