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Senate to probe 2 more alleged anomalous deals By Angie M. Rosales 07/01/2011

Friday, July 1, 2011

Senate to probe 2 more alleged anomalous deals

By Angie M. Rosales 07/01/2011

Two other cases of alleged fund misuse during the Arroyo administration are slated to be investigated by the Senate, with one involving the alleged anomalous acquisition of helicopters for the Philippine National Police (PNP)’s elite Special Action Force (SAF) unit amounting to P105 million and a purported irregularity in the use of almost P9 million of Road Users’ Tax.

A twin move to probe the said issues is being pursued by Senators Panfilo Lacson and Teofisto “TG” Guingona, following their filing of Resolution Nos. 518 and 520 last Wednesday, it was gathered yesterday.

Resolution No. 518 is about the alleged misrepresentation in the acquisition of the Light Police Operational Helicopters (LPOHs) from Manila Aerospace Products Trading Corp. (Maptra) while the other is about irregularities in the Motor Vehicle Users’ Charge (MVUC), also known as the Road Users’ Tax under the past administration.

The lawmakers stressed the need to inquire into the use of P8.547 million from the MVUC to a youth “emergency employment program” as these releases “appear to be in violation of Republic Act 3019, otherwise known as the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act because ... all monies collected under RA 8794 should have been earmarked solely and used exclusively for the maintenance and improvement of road drainage, installation of adequate and efficient traffic lights and road safety and air pollution control, and NOT established to address underemployment or drug problems of the youth,” they said in their resolutions..... MORE

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