Sat. Jul 24th, 2021

Senator Manny Pacquiao on Saturday named three more government agencies as corrupt and said he was ready to back up his allegations with documents.

(Photo Courtesy: Philippine Communications)

In a virtual press conference on Saturday, Pacquiao tagged the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and Department of Energy (DOE) as corrupt. He earlier tagged the Department of Health (DOH) ar corrupt.

The senator said he is ready to present documents to President Rodrigo Duterte and the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee to prove his allegations, and that his sources of information are willing to testify on any corruption probe.

Pacquiao said that in the case of the DSWD, the agency failed to distribute funds under the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) amounting to P10.4 billion, which he said is unaccounted for.

He added that the DSWD used Starpay, an e-wallet application, to distributed SAP, but the company behind the application only had a capital of P62,000.

“Mr. President, alam niyo po ba na sa kabuuang halaga na ito ay may nilaan na P50 billion more or less ang Department of Social Welfare and Development para lamang sa isang hindi po kilala na e-wallet na kung tawagin ay Starpay na may build-up capital lamang po na P62,000  (Mr. President, did you know that of the total amount of more or less P50 billion was allowed to be disbursed by the DSWD by a company behind an e-wallet application called Starpay that has a capital of only P62,000),” he said.

As for the DOE, he said that there is a private company that was established that receives half centavo for every kilowatt-hour that the consumers pay for electricity.

Alam niyo po rin po ba, na sa issue dito sa DOE, sa bawat kilowatt-hour na binabayaran ng bawat Pilipino sa kanilang kuryente, ay may halos kalahating sentimo na napupunta sa isang pribadong kumpanya na itinayo sa pamamagitan lamang ng P7,000 na build-up capital (Did you also know that the issue with the DOE is for every kilowatt-hour that Filipinos pay, there is half centavo that is given to the private company that was established with only P70,000 capital),” Pacquiao said.

DOE is headed by Secretary Alfonso Cusi, the vice chairman of the ruling Partido Demokratikong Pilipino-Laban (PDP-Laban) where Pacquiao is also president. Cusi has led calls for Pacquiao to resign as president of PDP-Laban where President Duterte is the chairman.

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