Salceda faces malversation raps over Mayon ‘ghost deliveries’

LEGAZPI CITY—Albay Gov. Joey Salceda is facing a complaint for Malversation of Funds over a P47-million allotment that was allegedly used to aid evacuees during the 2009 Mayon Volcano eruption.
Albay Gov. Joey Salceda faces malversation raps over Mayon ‘ghost deliveries’

Along with Salceda, incumbent Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer of Albay Yolanda Guanzon is named as respondent.

Said complaint was filed by Michael A. Miña, Manuel P. Alagaban, Julius P. Del Rosario, Bienvenido M. Belga, Sr., and Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC), represented by Chairman Martin B. Dino.

The complainants identified themselves as “residents of Barangay Victory Village, Bogna, Padang, San Roque, and Matanag, Legazpi City.”

No aid received?

The complaint narrates that the Provincial Government of Albay received P47 million allotment from the Malampaya Fund in 2009.

The Provincial Government of Albay in turn, allegedly used the said amount to aid the evacuees of the 2009 Mayon Volcano Eruption, as evidenced among others by the Requisition Issue Slip (RIS) submitted by the Albay DSWD to the Commission on Audit. The aid extended, again on the basis of the said RIS, were purportedly in the form of firewood bundles, sacks of NFA rice, and Feeding Programs.”

The supposed recipients of the sacks of rice from Barangay Victory Village and Barangay San Roque, however, denied receiving any such sack of rice from the provincial government.

Meanwhile, residents of Padang, Matanog and Bogna, who were supposed to receive 18 bundles of firewood claimed that they also never received said aid.

They added that the signatures appearing alongside their names in the Firewood Distribution List (FDL) were not theirs.

Energy-related projects only

“Apparently from the foregoing, the P47 million allotment from the Malampaya Fund was malversed. First, it should have been used to finance energy-related projects only. […] The above-mentioned allotment should not have been used to aid the victims of the 2009 Mayon Volcano eruption,” the complaint reads.

“[A]s head of the Provincial Government of Albay, herein Defendant Salceda is responsible for all government funds pertaining to the said local government unit following Section 102 (I) of the Government Auditing Code of the Philippines […].”

The same complaint also states that Guanzon “had a direct hand in the disbursement of the said amount and later on the falsification of the documents submitted to the Commission on Audit to make it appear that the intended beneficiaries indeed benefited from the subject P47 Million. For all intents and purposes, she acted in conspiracy with Defendant Salceda.”—BICOLSTANDARD.COM Pirming enot. Pirming bago.