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Huli si sir! Koko Nograles foils Sulu State College president’s try to falsify attendance in House despite MIA act

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PBA party-list Rep. Jericho “Koko” Nograles has discovered the alleged corruption of Sulu State College president Abdurasa Arasid after the latter requested his office to issue a Certificate of Appearance for the plenary debates on the school’s proposed 2018 budget on September 6.

Instead of giving him as Certificate of Appearance as requested by Arasid, Nograles issued a “Certificate a Disappearance” to attest the official “disappeared from the halls of the House” when he was supposed to present and defend the budget of the SSC.

“This certification is being issued so that no public funds will be dispensed to reimburse the travel and other related expenses, since the official purpose was not fulfilled,” the certificate read.

In a statement, Nograles slammed Arasid for the alleged misuse of SSC’s funds.

For one, Nograles said that Arasid has allocated for himself a travel allowance amounting to P8.6 Million this year or P716,666 per month. This amount represents the entire annual travel allowance of all the officials of the three state colleges in Mindanao such as the Adiong Memorial Polytechnic College (Php2,952,000), Basilan State College (Php2,715,000) and Tawi-Tawi Regional Agricultural College( Php1,482,000).

“Who spends P8.6 Million a year just for travel? I’ve never known any official who spends this much for travel. We have a jet-setting state college president courtesy of our tax payers,” Nograles said.

Nograles, who is also Board of Trustee of SSC also questioned Arasid for deliberately excluding him during their board of trustee meetings, especially on occasions where the agenda is about college finances.

“He refused to invite me as a board of trustee to the quarterly board of trustee meetings. He intentionally did not invite me because I’ve always questioned and disapproved multiple items that may constitute malversation of public funds as well as technical malversation,” the lawmaker said.