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P8B spent under GMA for ‘farm-to-pocket’ deal By Angie M. Rosales 09/19/2011

Monday, September 19, 2011

RELEASES MADE IN LAST 6 MONTHS OF TERM

P8B spent under GMA for ‘farm-to-pocket’ deal

By Angie M. Rosales 09/19/2011

In its last six months in power, the Arroyo administration spent almost P7.5 billion of taxpayers’ money for a “farm-to-market” road project that did not even have a work program, Sen. Franklin Drilon said yesterday.
Drilon added the oversight committee on public expend-itures uncovered these alleged fund releases to the Department of Agriculture (DA) following the submission of various agencies of their respective liquidation reports recently.

“We are deter-mining if the funds went to a ‘farm-to-pocket roads,’ ‘roads to my farm’ project or nothing has happened at all,” Drilon said.

Former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Gov. Zaldy Ampatuan, currently detained for his alleged involvement in the November 2009 Maguindanao massacre, also had squealed about Arroyo receiving around P200 million in kickbacks from farm-to-market road projects in 2008 and 2009..... MORE

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