PCSO's Juico et al also favored their provinces: lawyer

by Sheryll Mundo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 12 2011 07:17 PM | Updated as of Jul 13 2011 02:58 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Former Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) board directors are accusing this time the current members of favoring their respective hometowns when they gave more than 200 ambulances to certain provinces from September 17, 2010 - January 12, 2011.

Citing documents, lawyer Raul Lambino, counsel for the former PCSO board, said 17 ambulances were given to the province of Cagayan, which is the hometown of Dir. Mabel Mamba; 18 were given to Quezon, hometown of Chairperson Margie Juico, Director Aleta Tolentino and Dir. Betty Nantes.

"Sila ang unang nagbato sa amin na may pinaboran daw ang dating board na mga probinsya at personalidad na mga kaalyado ni former President [Gloria Macapagal Arroyo]. Ito ang magpapatunay na may mga pinaboran din sila na provinces kung saan galing ang board members ng PCSO ngayon. Hindi kami gumaganti, sinasagot lang namin yun mga bintang nila sa dating board,” Lambino said.

On the other hand, PCSO General Manager Jose Ferdinand Rojas said the PCSO is apolitical and all the transactions are above-board.

"Sa pagbigay namin ng ambulance, inuna muna namin yun mga area na mas nangangailangan, hindi kung sino yun endorser," Rojas said.

For her part, Mamba said the list of provinces was already existing when they assumed office.

"Yun mga binigyan naming, we made sure na it was given to a local government unit attached to a hospital or rural health unit,” she said.