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.”