Lifestyle check on ex-PCSO GM gets Palace nod

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 11 2011 02:17 PM | Updated as of Jul 12 2011 12:55 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang on Monday backed calls for a lifestyle check on former Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) general manager Rosario Uriarte who is facing investigation over the alleged misuse of PCSO funds.

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said she sees nothing wrong with conducting a lifestyle check on Uriarte.

"Just to determine once and for all. If you have nothing to hide naman, there's nothing wrong," she said.

Uriarte earlier admitted that she requested an intelligence fund worth P150 million in the first 6 months of 2010, an election year. She said the money was used for intelligence operations for the government's campaign to promote the small-town lottery.

Senator Teofisto Guingona III noted PCSO's intel fund is bigger than the intelligence fund of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) “and used only in 6 months’ time.”

He noted that PCSO spent P325 million in intel funds from 2008 to the first 6 months of 2010.

Sen. Francis Escudero said the Department of Justice or National Bureau of Investigation should place GM Uriarte under a lifestyle check to determine if her lifestyle is commensurate to her actual earnings, and if she is paying the correct taxes. With a report from Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News