Luy files jibe with PDAF disbursements of DBM

By Jess Diaz, The Philippine Star

Posted at Jun 02 2014 09:24 AM | Updated as of Jun 02 2014 05:24 PM

MANILA - Many entries in the computer files of pork barrel scam whistle-blower Benhur Luy appear to jibe with the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) disbursement records of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

Two Luy entries, “2011_LGU_Marcos_PDAF” and “2012_PDAF_Bonget_60M_LGUs,” obviously refer to the pork barrel allocations of Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. Luy and his staff also called Marcos “Bonget.”

The PDAF or pork barrel fund disbursement records of the DBM, as posted on its website, show that Marcos allocated P40 million of his P100-million PDAF in 2011 to local government units (LGUs).

Marcos gave P15 million to Umingan, Pangasinan (in two tranches of P5 million and P10 million); P5 million to Rosales, another Pangasinan town; P10 million to Pilar, Bataan; and P10 million to Sariaya, Quezon.

In 2012, Marcos allocated P5 million to Balungao, Pangasinan; P10 million to Sual, another Pangasinan town; P10 million to Calasiao (Pangasinan); P10 million to Bulakan, Bulacan; P10 million to San Antonio, Nueva Ecija; P10 million to Pilar (Bataan); and P10 million to General Nakar, Quezon, for a total of P65 million.

The son of the late President Ferdinand Marcos used up P199 million of his P200-million PDAF in 2012.

One entry in the Luy files reflects a “Realignment_50M_DA to LGUs_Estrada.”

The DBM website shows that Sen. Jinggoy Estrada recalled a P50-million allocation for livelihood projects to the “Department of Agriculture-Office of the Secretary” on April 18, 2012.

He then apportioned the amount, along with P97 million more of his PDAF, to 13 LGUs for the same purpose.

The biggest recipients were Javier town in Leyte (P25 million in two tranches of P20 million and P5 million), San Antonio in Nueva Ecija (P22 million in three tranches of P10 million, P7 million and P5 million), Sual in Pangasinan (P20 million in three releases of P10 million, P5 million and another P5 million), and Dinalupihan in Bataan, (P18 million in two installments of P10 million and P8 million), and Bulakan in Bulacan (P15 million in two tranches of P10 million and P5 million).

The other LGUs that received funds from Estrada were Balungao (P5 million), Mangatarem (P5 million), Calasiao (P5 million) and Umingan (P10 million), all in Pangasinan; General Nakar (P8 million), Lucena City (P7 million) and Sariaya (P5 million), all in Quezon; and Pilar in Bataan, P5 million.

Estrada allocated a total of P147 million of his P200-million PDAF in 2012 to LGUs for livelihood projects.

At least three other entries in Luy’s files refer to Estrada and his pork barrel.

These are “Project Proposal_Sexy_Dinalupihan, Bataan_10M_POPDFI,” “Project Proposal_SDPFFI_Sexy_Gen. Nakar, Quezon_10M,” and “RD_Sexy_Javier, Leyte_50M_5M_SDPFFI.”

Luy has admitted that he and other employees of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles used the codename “Sexy” for Estrada.

POPFI stands for People’s Organization for Progress and Development Foundations, Inc., while SDPFFI means Social Development Program for Farmers Foundation, Inc. These are two of several bogus Napoles foundations. Luy headed POPDFI.

There is at least one entry that apparently refers to Sen. Loren Legarda: “2012_Endorsement_Legarda_Umingan, Pangasinan_POPDFI_10M.” The Napoles staff claimed they also gave her the codename “Dahon.”

According to DBM records, Legarda allocated P5 million to Umingan, P10 million to Balungao, P10 million to San Carlos City (also in Pangasinan), P5 million to Bulakan town and P10 million to San Antonio (Nueva Ecija) for earthworm-growing and other livelihood projects.

She continued to give funds for the same purpose to LGUs in 2013.

At least two Luy entries targeted the pork barrel of Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile: “Project Proposal_SDPFFI_Enrile_Javier, Leyte_10m” and “Project Proposal_SDPFFI_Tanda_Sariaya, Quezon_10M.” Luy has testified that they assigned the codename “Tanda” to Enrile.

The DBM website shows that in 2012, Enrile allocated P10 million each to Dinalupihan, Sariaya, General Nakar, Javier, and the province of Zamboanga del Sur for livelihood projects, for a total of P50 million.

Aside from Estrada, Legarda, Marcos, and Enrile, the Luy records show that Senators Ramon Revilla Jr. (referred to as Pogi) and Vicente Sotto III (Bigote) gave funds to LGUs also for livelihood projects. All of them have denied any wrongdoing.

Estrada, Enrile and Revilla are facing plunder charges before the Office of the Ombudsman, along with Napoles.

The annual audit reports (AARs) of the Commission on Audit for LGUs that received funds from senators apparently validate the Luy records.

According to the 2011 AAR for Pilar, that year, the town received a total of P40 million (P10 million each from Marcos and Estrada, and P20 million from Sotto), which ended up with Luy’s POPDFI.

The report states the “absence of required documentation” for the P40-million PDAF made auditors conclude that its “utilization could not be ascertained.”

The missing documents included a list of supposed beneficiaries and a project completion report by POPDFI.

The irregularities unearthed in Pilar would be repeated one year later – in 2012 – in the same town.

The funds involved came from Marcos (P10 million), Estrada (P5 million) and P10 million each from Revilla and Legarda, for a total of P35 million.

Like in 2011, the funds ended up with POPDFI.

The audit report said procurement rules were ignored and the use of the money could not be verified as the Napoles NGO failed to submit receipts, list of beneficiaries and a project completion report.

The Napoles foundation also received P38 million in 2012 through another Bataan town, Dinalupihan – P23 million from Estrada, P10 million from Enrile and P5 million from Legarda.

The audit report said the transfer of the P38 million to POPDFI was not covered by necessary documents.

The foundation failed to submit a report detailing how it used the funds.

The 2012 audit report for San Antonio, Nueva Ecija, which received a total of P90 million from senators, shows similar irregularities.

Some annual audit reports, like those for Bulakan town and San Carlos City, do not mention at all tens of millions in PDAF given by senators.

In the case of Javier, Leyte, the 2012 audit report has not been posted on the COA website.

The lawyer of Napoles assured yesterday that there is evidence to prove the involvement of Budget Secretary Florencio Abad in the multibillion-peso pork barrel fund scam.

Bruce Rivera said Napoles has in her possession records and documents against each of the names she mentioned in her two affidavits submitted to the Department of Justice (DOJ) last month.

The lawyer reiterated this to clarify a radio report that his fellow counsel in the Napoles camp, Stephen David, has admitted to not seeing any document to prove the participation of Abad in the fund anomaly when he was still representative of Batanes.

Rivera said David’s access to the documents of their client is still limited.

“We haven’t shown all (documents) to him yet,” he told The STAR.

Abad, who was named by Napoles as the one who taught her how to use bogus non-government organizations to siphon government funds, vehemently denied the charges and said the alleged pork scam brains was just “hallucinating.” – With Edu Punay