HIGHLIGHTS: Senate hearing on pork barrel scam | January 30, 2014

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The Senate blue ribbon committee continues its probe into the pork barrel scam , focusing on NGO registration and accreditation

MANILA, Philippines – The Senate blue ribbon committee continued its probe into the pork barrel scam on Thursday, January 30.

This seventh hearing tried to get to the bottom of how fake non-governmental organizations, such as those utilized by alleged scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles, were able to get accreditation with line agencies. (READ: Senate ‘pork’ probe to target NGO registration)

The scam involves senators and congressmen funnelling funds to bogus NGOs in exchange for kickbacks. Releases from lawmakers’ Priority Development Assistance Fund were made through various departments, where ranking officials are also accused of getting commissions for accrediting or accommodating favoured NGOs. (READ: Why fake NGOs got away)

The following resource persons were invited:

  • Grace Pulido Tan, chairperson of the Commission on Audit (COA)
  • Teresita Herbosa, chairperson of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
  • Dennis Santiago, executive director of the Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB)
  • Augusto Carpio, chairman of the Philippine Council for NGO Certification (PCNC)
  • Cesar Villanueva, chairman of the Governance Commission for GOCCs (GCG)
  • Emmanuel Santiaguel, chairman of the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA)

– Rappler.com 

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