Lost case

The Senate minority group headed by Senator Juan Ponce-Enrile insisted that the transfer of the legislators’ “pork barrel” funds to non-government organizations (NGOs) has “legal basis”…

They pointed out that the General Appropriations Acts (GAAs) of previous years and even the GAA of the current year contained provisions allowing for the transfer of funds to civil society organizations, non-government organizations, and people’s organizations, subject to certain conditions.

“The practice of allowing NGOs to participate in the implementation of government projects was first introduced in 2007, when a special provision in the  budget of the Department of Education was inserted to ‘encourage the participation of non-government organizations (NGOs) in the construction of school buildings…’” they said.

– via Philippine Inquirer

In that case, fine.

But, on the other hand, how was it possible for fake NGOs to get through the screening process? How was it that NGOs owned or headed by Senators and members of Congress were recipients of PDAF? Surely these lapses are suspect regardless of where these take place, in government, the private sector, or civil society organizations?

Unless they claim temporary insanity in the dispensation of their duties related to anything PDAF this is a lost case from every angle for the named elected officials in the COA report.

At this point, strains of Bill Haley’s and the Haley’s Comets’ 1938 Stop Beatin’ Round The Mulberry Bush wafts to mind

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