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Senate Blue Ribbon Committee will investigate PDAF Scandal

Sen. TG Guingona

Sen. TG Guingona

Just received this via e-mail from Senator TG Guingona’s media relations team.

Blue Ribbon PDAF Investigation Statement
By Sen. Teofisto “TG” Guingona

Aug. 20, 2013

I would like to announce that the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee will now begin a formal investigation of the issues and allegations now hounding the management and disbursement of the priority development assistance fund (PDAF).

Earlier, the Committee, based on the consensus of the Senate as a whole, had decided to put on hold the probe of the said issue. This was to give way to the on-going investigations being done by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the National Bureau of Investigations (NBI). It was our view that the preliminary findings by the DOJ and the NBI can serve as a basis for the Blue Ribbon Committee’s probe.

A recent development, however, has allowed the Blue Ribbon Committee to proceed with the investigation even before the DOJ and the NBI have completed their investigation.

I refer to the recent disclosure by the Commission on Audit (COA) of its own findings regarding the alleged misuse of the PDAF. The COA findings can now serve as a basis as the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee to begin its probe.

The Senate Blue Ribbon will hold its first hearing this Thursday, Aug 29, at 9am. The first resource person who will testify will be Commissioner Grace Pulido Tan of the Commission on Audit.

I can personally vouch for the integrity of Senator TG Guingona. I’ve been a supporter since he ran in 2010. Looking forward to monitoring how this all plays out! Good luck Sen. TG!

Jane Uymetiao presenting during the Social Good Summit morning session

Cybercrime Act a hot topic during the Social Good Summit

Jane Uymetiao presenting during the Social Good Summit morning session

The Cybercrime Act was one of the topics that dominated the open forum of the Social Good Dialogue and Summit yesterday at the Greenbelt MyCinema and AIM Conference Hall. It was the proverbial “elephant in the room” since only a few speakers touched on it but you could feel that the audience wanted them to discuss it.

Personally I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to ask Undersecretary Manolo Quezon III his thoughts about it during the morning session and he was game enough to do so. Manolo shared that debates on the Cybercrime Act were important and that it’s the first step in a process. The implementing rules and regulations have yet to be fleshed out and he confirmed that Senator Guingona is planning to challenge the bill and have some parts of it amended. Continue reading

On the Campaign Trail in 2010: TG Guingona with bloggers in his HQ in QC . Note: medyo payat pa ako dito. Hahaha!

Statement of Senator TG Guingona in Opposing Cybercrime Act

On the Campaign Trail in 2010: TG Guingona with bloggers in his HQ in QC

In 2010 I campaigned for several candidates who I thought were truly deserving of being in the Senate. One of the senators I campaigned the hardest for (next only to my Tita Toots of course hehe) is Senator TG Guingona. Today I can say that I am happy and proud to have campaigned for him. He’s the only Senator that actually opposed and voted against the Cybercrime Act. Here’s his full statement. Continue reading

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