“My conscience is clear”—Salceda on malversation raps

LEGAZPI CITY—Albay Gov. Joey Salceda hit back at the allegations that a complaint for malversation hurled against him and Albay Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Yolanda Guanzon today.

“My conscience is clear”—Albay Gov. Joey Salceda on malversation raps
On his Facebook account, Salceda was quick to explain that records will back him up against the claims of irregularity.

“I cant be glad that a case has been filed against me, the first ever in my entire political life of 17 yrs and on my last year. My conscience is clear and the facts and records will clear me. I assure all Albayanos that I will not allow it to slow down our programs. I have a job to do.”

He added, “In the meantime, we will confront the case since calamity funds are the most sacred of all.”

The provincial chief executive explained: “In times of calamity response, all relief goods have been posted in Philgeps, procured and inspected in accordance with law and they have been distributed in accordance with the distribution list approved by Apsemo and thereafter released by PSWDO. Thus, all funds including fund transfers from the Naitonal Government are fully accounted for and there are no such ghost deliveries.”

“If these supposed recipients failed to get their reported allocation, hahanapin namin kung sino ang kumuha at uusigin. Cedric Daep (Apsemo Chief) together our Apsemo statistician Cristina Cristina C. Santos, Yollie Guanzon (PSWDO) and Lilybeth Reforsado (Provincial Budget Officer) will publicly account for the P47m, one of whose use was the acquisition of the Albay Watsan water tank lorry, as early as tomorrow,” he added.

In another post, he stated: “Simple lang po, yung lahat ng relief goods na distributed during ay backed up by RDS. Sa summary lang lumalabas ang barangay official na we work hard to secure diligently. Kahit 6 years ago pa yan, we will reconstruct the entire operation. Mahirap pero we will. Kaya nga ngayon, during the Yolanda operation, kasama na ang COA sa distribution kasi the type of transaction - relief distribution - is very tedious and memory can lapse. Sabi ni Sec. Alcala - ganun ang issue nila sa COA kasi nga tagal na nadistribute saka iveverify after 6 years or 10 years.”

Defending himself, he also said: “Yung isang nagfile - si Gaveria ng Buyuan - alam niya ang totoo. Nakaevacuate sila sa Bagumbayan ES na naka-assign na evac center ng Buyuan at noong Christmas Eve ng 2009 doon ako nagcelebrate at pasayaw-sayaw pa kami kasama ang mga 3,431 evacuees ng Buyuan. May powerpoint presentation pa siya na pinanood ko patiently. Halos araw-araw ginawa ng Diyos, binibisita ko ang Bagumbayan evac center. Kung di nila natanggap 6 years ago, di sana nagreklamo sila sa araw-araw na andun ako. Aynaku. Tsaka yung dating Provl Budget Officer namin si Ellen Azupardo taga Buyoan - lahat ng request at kelangan ng barangay pinasisiguro niya. Ang buhay nga naman. Recently, pinagserve po siya as ATV tour guide ng guests namin. Salamat na sana tabi.”

Salceda posted images of the Albay Water Sanitation (Watsan) water tank lorry following his explanations.

Earlier today, a complaint for Malversation of Funds over a P47-million allotment that was allegedly used to aid evacuees during the 2009 Mayon Volcano eruption was filed against Salceda and Guanzon.

The complaint was filed by Michael A. Miña, Manuel P. Alagaban, Julius P. Del Rosario, Bienvenido M. Belga, Sr. who identified themselves as “residents of Barangay Victory Village, Bogna, Padang, San Roque, and Matanag, Legazpi City,” and Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC), represented by Chairman Martin B. Dino.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM Pirming enot. Pirming bago.