- Franklin DrilonPresident, Senate of the Philippines
- Feliciano Belmonte, Jr.Speaker, House of Representatives
Suspend the Implementation of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) IMMEDIATELY
We are calling for the IMMEDIATE SUSPENSION of the PDAF! Resolution has been filed with the House.
TO IMMEDIATELY SUSPEND THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PRIORITY DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE FUND (PDAF) PENDING THE COMPLETION OF THE INVESTIGATION BY THE CONCERNED GOVERNMENT AGENCIES REGARDING THE ALLEGED ANOMALIES RELATIVE THERETO.
WHEREAS, very serious accusations were made by several whistleblowers against certain individuals and entities claiming that the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of several Senators and Congressmen were illegally coursed through fictitious persons or entities, disguised as Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) for non-existing or unauthorized projects;
WHEREAS, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is presently conducting an investigation relative to alleged anomalous practice and use of the PDAF, which surfaced in the course of an investigation undertaken by the NBI in connection with an alleged kidnapping of a person who later was placed under the witness protection program;
WHEREAS, the alleged anomalous use of the PDAF has scandalized not only some members of both Houses but likewise the institutions they belong to; and until the matter is clarified, the continued use of the PDAF will certainly cast a cloud of suspicion that said funds will be misused by those who avail of this;
WHEREAS, obviously, there is an urgent need to initiate reforms to improve the system and provide better safeguards to ensure that these public funds are utilized more properly and with utmost transparency and accountability;
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, as it is hereby resolved that the implementation of the PDAF be suspended, so as not to further tarnish this most hallowed institution of Congress, at least until the completion of the investigation being undertaken by the Department of Justice.
- President, Senate of the Philippines
- Speaker, House of Representatives
Feliciano Belmonte, Jr.
Suspend the Implementation of the Priority Development Assistance Fund
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