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!