Singson suspicious of P10B for engineering districts

by Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 06 2014 07:40 PM | Updated as of May 07 2014 03:40 AM

MANILA - The House of Representatives directed on Tuesday the Commission on Audit (COA) to submit a consolidated report on the audit of all engineering districts’ projects in 2010.

The order was issued by Rep. Oscar Rodriguez, chair of the House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability, during the congressional hearing on the unaccounted P30 billion allegedly released to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in 2010.

Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson said the P30 billion was not solely issued to the DPWH.

He said only P10.6 billion was released, and this was when he was still not with the DPWH.

He said the amount was issued to engineering districts, not directly to the DPWH. He said the funding involved 1,074 projects all over the country.

"Nakapagtataka lang bakit may mga district na mas maliit, but they get bigger funding," said Singson.

Asked if the projects were implemented, Singson said he can only make "assumptions of regularity.”

Rodriguez said the committee will wait for the COA report until the third week of May.

The committee wants to get hold of the document so that it can be used during the next hearing on June 11, 2014.

Congress will go on recess on June 13.

The House of Representatives initiated the probe to check how funding was made without notice to the legislative body.

The funding was also allegedly released a couple of months prior to the May 2010 elections, which is covered by the election ban.

Another fact that puzzled Rodriguez is the synchronized release of the funding -- all on February 18, 2010.