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Reyes, Cimatu, Villanueva up for grilling over ‘pabaon’ By Gina Peralta-Elorde 01/30/2011

Sunday, January 30, 2011


Reyes, Cimatu, Villanueva up for grilling over ‘pabaon’

By Gina Peralta-Elorde 01/30/2011

At least three former chiefs of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) — Angelo Reyes, Roy Cimatu and Diomedio Villanueva — are being lined up for “grilling” at the Department of National Defense (DND) in its scheduled inquiries following the revelations of a former finance military officer on the alleged “pabaon” or send-off gift of as much as P50 million in lump sum to a retiring head of the AFP.

AFP spokesman Brig. Gen. Jose Mabanta Jr. said the practice stopped with the abolition of the office of the AFP deputy chief of staff for comptrollership (J6) in 2004. It was abolished following the controversy involving former military comptroller Maj. Gen. Carlos Garcia who was charged with plunder before the anti-graft court after he was accused of amassing more than P300 million in ill-gotten wealth from his post as military comptroller.

Last Thursday before a Senate hearing, retired Col. George Rabusa, a former military budget officer, pointed to Reyes as having received P50 million as a send-off gift when he retired as AFP chief of staff.
Mabanta appealed to the public to give former AFP leaderships the benefit of the doubt before making sweeping accusations against them.

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin created last Friday a special DND committee to investigate allegations of corrupt practices within the AFP..... MORE

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