PCSO names 5 churches that took a total of P6M from charity fund

(SPOT.ph) The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) wants those who received the over P6-million deficit from its charity fund to be held liable for breaking the law, reports ABS-CBN News.

According to PCSO Board Director Aleta Tolentino, a 2009 Commission on Audit report showed several checks representing the missing amount issued to the following churches: P1.44 million to the Archdiocese of Cotabato; P1.5 million to Zamboanga Archdiocesan Social Action Apostolate; P720,000 to Caritas Nueva Segovia; P1.125 million to the Roman Catholic Prelate of Isabela, Basilan; and P1.7 million to the Diocese of Butuan.

"Based on the COA report, may violation ng Republic Act 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act). Siguro kung may kasalanan ang bishops, dapat parusahan sila (If these bishops have faults, they should be punished). We should be God-fearing, not bishop-fearing," Tolentino said. She added that the former PCSO board, which should have checked prudent utilization of funds, should also be held liable.

In a meeting between PCSO officials and the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, Committee Chair Teofisto "TG" Guingona said that the PCSO must be investigated on. "Pera ito ng bayan at dapat malaman kung may katotohanan ba sa mga alegasyon na nalustay ang pondo (This is the public's money we’re talking about and we need to confirm whether these allegations are true)."

For more on this story, log on to ABS-CBN News.

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