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Senate to add NABCOR scam in investigation

As the issue of misuse funds of  National Agribusiness Corporation (NABCOR)gets bigger, Senate Blue Ribbon Committee chair Teofisto “TG” Guingona III said on Wednesday he will most likely to extend  the hearing on the pork barrel scam to accomodate the case.

Senator Miriam Santiago has filed a resolution to invite two former NABCOR officials to the Senate hearing.

Guingona said they are willing to hear it. He said that the resolution though would have to be discussed  by the plenary and then  to the committee.

Former NABCOR officials Rhodora Mendoza and Victor Cacal earlier disclosed  widespread irregularities  being done in the agency which amounted  to billions of pesos in agricultural funds.

They added that it  range from the wrong use  of the “Ginintuang Masaganang Ani” and pork barrel funds in the past to the enlisting of ghost employees in the present administration.

Mendoza claimed that millions of these funds attributed  to assist  farmers to enhance  their production went instead to the pockets of several lawmakers and NABCOR officials.

Reportedly,3 NGOs were organized by alleged pork scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles who  was accused of  receiving pork barrel funds of lawmakers through NABCOR.

About  27 allies of President Aquino have been incriminated in the scam.

On the other hand, Guingona  said thhat mediamen t have allegedly received funds may be asked for their presence although they were not in Santiago’s resolution.

Earlier, a Philippine Daily Inquirer reported on Wednesday, allegedly,   TV5 news anchor Erwin Tulfo and Radio DzBB broadcaster Melo del Prado allegedly received payoffs in the form of “advertising expenses” from the government agency in 2009.

It  also cited Mendoza as saying that another “TV and radio personality” received P2 million from NABCOR President Alan Javellana on the instruction of then DA Secretary Arthur Yap “as payoff to stop criticisms of a NABCOR project.”

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