SENATOR Franklin J. Drilon early today said that P13.78 billion worth of government funds released in a span of one week last February supposedly for river clean-ups may have been used for the May presidential elections.
According to Mr. Drilon, the amount was released to eight provinces in a one-week span from Feb, 18 to Feb. 26 this year for river “de-silting and dredging.”
The eight provinces are Romblon, P370 millin; Albay, P302 million, Tagbilaran City, P160 million; Antique, P145 million; Biliran, P120 million; Butuan, P80 million; Catanduanes, P80 million; and Pampanga, P62.6 million.
“Dredging as we all know is a rich source of corruption because it is very difficult if not impossible to monitor accomplishments in dredging,” Mr. Drilon said.
“To me this was clearly used in the election. The circumstantial evidence in law is there. There is reason to believe that it was not used for the purpose intended,” Mr. Drilon said.
Mr. Drilon said that the fund releases had corresponding SAROs or special allotment release order. Mr. Drilon added that the papers were issued from the District Engineers Office of the Department of Public Works and Highway. — Jose Bimbo F. Santos