MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) also funneled funds to a non-government organization that prodded then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to seek a new term in 2004, Senator Panfilo Lacson alleged.
In a statement, Lacson alleged “Gawin Natin-Lakas Pinoy” got huge amounts of money to fund the “Run, Gloria, Run” materials and posters that appeared all over the country in 2003.
He claimed the incorporator of the NGO, Raul Nestor Ancheta, is the chief of staff of former PCSO General Manager Rosario Uriarte. Senators earlier said Arroyo used the PCSO’s intel funds, via Uriarte, for other reasons outside charity work.
Lacson said there is a memo from Uriarte requesting for a P2 million for the feeding project of the NGO. He claimed Arroyo gave the note an “OK”.
He claimed the stamps on the document showed the request was received in August 2003. The feeding project was scheduled a month earlier.
He also claimed PCSO deployed a medical team composed of a physician, 2 nurses, a driver and paramedics to an October 2003 pro-Arroyo motorcade of the Samahan ng Mamamayan Sa Hunta at Destabilisasyon (SMASH-Destabilisasyon) from the People Power Monument in Quezon City to Mendiola.
This was a request made by the NGO’s lawyer, Romarleo Ayson, Lacson alleged.