There might be red flags raised with the Philippine Sports Commission’s decision to transfer public funds to a private foundation to organize the 30th Southeast Asian Games.
Senator Panfilo Lacson described the fund transfer to Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) as “questionable,” citing the case of convicted pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Napoles whose private foundations were used as repository of public funds.
In 2018, Napoles was convicted of plunder for involvement in the pork barrel scam. The case stemmed from allegations that pork barrel funds of some lawmakers were channeled to Napoles’ bogus non-government organizations for personal gain.
“That is questionable because remember may mga nakasuhan na, may na-convict na diyan using a private foundation as repository of private funds,” he said in an interview with ANC’s Headstart host Karen Davila Tuesday morning.
“‘Yan na nga Napoles case. Yung foundations ginamit ng parking lot ng mga public funds,” he said.
But he said House Speaker Alan Cayetano presented “justifications” the budget allocation to PHISGOC which he heads during the budget deliberations of the agency.
“Sabi niya every step of the way, they were in consultation with COA (Commission on Audit),” he said.
Is it unlawful for the Philippine Sports Commission to transfer funds to PHISGOC? Sen. @iampinglacson warns that it is questionable, citing Napoles' case who used private foundations as a "repository of public funds." #ANCHeadstart pic.twitter.com/h7WQOd7Q6U— ABS-CBN News Channel (@ANCALERTS) November 27, 2019