MANILA – The Catholic Church in Palawan believes that there may be a link between the anomalous Malampaya-funded projects in the province and the January 2011 killing of broadcaster and environmentalist Dr. Gerry Ortega.
Linao bridge, a cemented road with culverts for water to pass through, is part of the exposé of the Catholic Church in Palawan on the alleged anomalous projects.
Among the first to cry out about the alleged anomalies was Ortega.
Bishop Pedro Arigo believes that Ortega's killing may be related to the anomalies.
This is also the belief of Ortega's widow.
“Isa ito sa dahilan sa kanyang pagkamatay dahil napakalaking pera,” said Patty Ortega, who is also the president of Kilusan Love Malampaya.
Two reports from the Commission on Audit (COA) and an investigation by the National Bureau of Investigation link Palawan Governor Abraham Mitra and former Governor Joel Reyes to the anomalies.
Mitra insists that the probe should focus on the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) as well as other officials, like Palawan Rep. Antonio Alvarez.
“Hindi lang po kami ‘yung napagtiwalaan na mag-allocate ng pondo. The first congressional district also has about P800 million…very common naman ‘yung COA findings,” said Mitra.
But for DPWH Sec. Rogelio Singson, Mitra also has some culpability since a portion of the funds went through his office.
“May accountability kami, may accountability sila. So they cannot wash their hands here,” said Singson.
Based on documents, Malacañang released funds to Palawan officials before two previous elections, in 2007 and in 2010. -- ANC