Bukidnon Representative Teofisto “TG” Guingona III supported fellow Liberal Party senatorial candidate Ralph Recto as the latter called on the government to recover some P4.75 billion in “illegal expenses” its officials incurred in 2008.
The former NEDA chief made the appeal after getting hold of a report from the Commission on Audit (COA) on “disallowances,” or expenses auditors consider illegal. Recto said COA reported P1-billion worth of “disallowances” in the Department of Public Works and Highways in 2008 alone.
Cong. Guingona also called for the collection of outstanding receivables from banks and taxpayers which are estimated at P24.1 billion. These constitute the tax payables that collecting banks failed to remit to the government.
The solon also called on the president urging her to disclose where she intended to use the cuts in the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel funds in the P1.541-trillion 2010 national budget.
“However late a stage it may be, the president must tell the people where and how she intends to use the pork slashed from the national budget for the sake of transparency, lest people think that she intends to use the taxpayers’ money to fund her campaign in the May polls,” Guingona stated.
Guingona rued that transparency has never been the administration’s strong suit during GMA’s nine-year tenure as president. He urged the Filipino people to be vigilant against any realignment of public funds to avoid a repeat of the 2007 fertilizer scam.
“For the last nine years, GMA had been messing around with the national budget and the charade being played out between Congress and the Palace regarding the budget insertions and slashings only serve to benefit GMA and her allies. Aside from a select few, nobody really knows where our tax money goes. It’s time to end all that. After all, it is the people’s money and they have the right to know how their money is spent,” stressed Guingona