Former PCSO board received housing funds from the agency, says Rep. Neri Colmenares
(SPOT.ph) Bayan Muna Representative Neri Colmenares has revealed that former board members of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) received housing funds from the agency, reports ABS-CBN News. The PCSO charter dictates that only regular employees and not appointed board members of the agency may benefit from such funds.
"If you're a board member, 'di ka naman naghihirap, di ka naman nawawalan ng bahay. Bakit yung housing para sa mga ordinaryong tao ng PCSO hahatian mo pa (If you’re a board member, you're not poor, and you have a house. Why would you ask for housing funds meant for the regular employees of the PCSO)?" Colmenares said.
In the report, Colmenares showed signed and approved documents which proved that certain board members benefitted from the housing projects in Taytay and Antipolo, Rizal. He also added that the PCSO was used to pay off the debts of people close to the Arroyo administration. "Dapat di na tayo tumanggap or humingi ng pabor sa presidenteng kailangang kailangan ng political support (We shouldn't have accepted or received favors from a president who needed so much political support)," he said.
According to the PCSO charter, 55 percent of profits from sweepstakes sales go to the lottery prize, 30 percent go to the agency's charity projects, while 15 percent are left for operations. However, the charter does not specify which charities should benefit from the agency, as long as they are "medical- or health-related."
The housing issue came after reports that the agency gave out SUVs and a portion of the charity’s funds to bishops.
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