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Of the P11.34 billion with itemized project data, the congressional districts that received DAP windfall amounts of over P60 million each (funds for projects in the district and consolidated amounts for projects in areas covered by the district) included the lone District of Mandaluyong, represented by House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II, P203.5 million; first district of Cavite represented by Joseph Emilio Abaya (who was Chairperson of the House Committee on Appropriations in the 15th Congress until he became Secretary of Transportation and Communication on Oct. 12, 2012), P186.2 million. PCIJ

Lone district of Batanes represented by Henedina Abad, chairperson of the House Committee on Energy, Deputy Speaker in the 15th and 16th Congress, and wife of Budget Secretary Florencio ‘Butch’ Abad, P133 million; first district of Albay, represented by Edcel C. Lagman, Minority Floor Leader in the 15th Congress until January 2012, P95.5 million; fourth district of Isabela represented by Giorgidi Aggabao, P88.7 million; sixth district of Pangasinan represented by Marylyn Primicias-Agabas, P72.5 million; and fourth district of Cavite represented by Elpidio Barzaga Jr., P60.5 million. PCIJ

Similarly big amounts of DAP monies – from P10 million to P47.5 million – went to other congressional districts, including those represented by Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., and Representatives Rodolfo Fariñas, Ben Evardone, Lorenzo Tañada III, Romero “Miro” Quimbo, Danilo E. Suarez, Neri Colmenares, Arnulfo P. Fuentebella, Juan Edgardo ‘Sonny’ Angara, Raul Daza, and Reynaldo V. Umali. PCIJ 

Except for Colmenares (Bayan Muna) and Lagman (Independent), most of these lawmakers are either LP members or its allied National Unity Party (NUP) and sections of other political parties that make up the LP-led ruling coalition in the House. However, Lagman’s son and namesake, Edcel B. Lagman, was elected congressman in his father’s district as an LP candidate in the 2013 polls. PCIJ

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