COA probes other NGOs in Malampaya scam

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 13 2014 10:33 AM | Updated as of May 13 2014 06:33 PM

MANILA - The Commission on Audit is ready to cooperate with the Senate in its investigation into the Malampaya fund scam.

But COA Chairwoman Grace Pulido Tan said their report only covers P900 million worth of Malampaya funds released to the Department of Agrarian Reform when actual disbursements have already reached P30 billion.

Tan said COA is still looking into other government agencies which received Malampaya funds including other questionable non-government organizations.

"I would like to clarify na yung nilabas namin na report was only the P900 million that was released to DAR. Marami, malawakang audit yan Malampaya. Napakadaming government agency na tumanggap ng Malampaya. Yung isang natapos sa DAR kaya nalakabas na, the rest in process," she said.

She added: "There were other bogus NGOs, not just Napoles. "

Whistle-blowers earlier said alleged pork scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles cornered P900 million of the Malampaya funds sometime in 2009.

The funds, which represent the royalties of the government from the natural gas exploration project in Palawan, were meant for the local government units that were hit by Typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng in 2009.

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee is set to investigate the Malampaya funds on May 22.