Davao Oriental Governor Corazon Malanyaon. Photo from Davo Oriental website
Davao Oriental Governor Corazon Malanyaon has denied allocating her Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to the National Agribusiness Corporation (NABCOR) when she was still a member of the House of Representatives.
According to Malanyaon, she never coursed any amount to NABCOR, an agency under the Department of Agriculture (DA), when she served as congresswoman of Davao Oriental's first district.
She said she only remembers being asked by the DA to identify legitimate irrigator and farmer's groups from her district which can be given mechanical dryers by the government.
"Wala kaming participation sa identification of items that they regularly give to different districts in the whole country. The only thing that they ask us is to submit the names of the beneficiary. It should be a farmer's association or an irrigator association," she said.
Malanyaon is among 7 lawmakers tagged in anomalous NABCOR transactions worth around P300 million.
Former NABCOR officials Rhodora Mendoza and Victor Cacal said Malanyaon received P2 million in kickbacks from the anomaly.
Other lawmakers who also allegedly received P2 million are Palawan Congressman Baham Mitra and former Bulacan Congressman Lorna Silverio.
Meanwhile, former Lanao del Sur Congressman Faysah Dumarpa, former Iloilo City Congressman Raul Gonzales Jr., former Iloilo City Congresswoman and now Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Janet Garin, and Batanes Governor Vicente Gato allegedly received P1 million each. -- Report from Hernel Tocmo, ABS-CBN News Davao