Oro lawmaker blames NGO for listing names under his PDAF

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

CAGAYAN DE ORO first district Representative Rolando Uy remains unfazed amid the imminent charges that he will face and instead put the blame on the bogus non-government organization (NGO) which allegedly faked the more than 800 signatures of former and incumbent barangay officials and residents.

Uy said the Commission on Audit (COA) has to conduct an investigation on reports linking him to Kabuhayan at Kalusugang Alay sa Masa Foundation Inc. (KKAMFI), an NGO which implemented Uy's Livelihood Technology Kit project.

Uy sees KKAMFI and the people behind the foundation liable in the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel controversy because they are the ones who "faked" the signatures of incumbent and former barangay officials in the distribution list of the kit's beneficiaries.


Forged signature

"The foundation itself wronged the list. Why would I include these people in the list when in the first place I know them? It's like I'm putting myself in danger," said Uy, adding that even his signature was also forged.

Listed as supposed beneficiaries are government officials here who have denied the signatures were theirs. They even said their signatures were faked.

Some of them were former Barangay Puntod chair and incumbent city councilor Alexander Dacer, Barangay Puntod chair Marvin Beja (who used to be a barangay kagawad), former Barangay Puerto chair Milagros Lao, Sun*Star Cagayan de Oro's copy editor and former Puerto village council secretary Jigger Jerusalem and many others.

Dacer, Beja, Lao, and Jerusalem and many others are listed as beneficiaries from Barangay Mambuaya. But they confirmed they are not residents of the said village. All of them belong to the city’s second congressional district under Rep. Rufus Rodriguez.

Uy said he has not known anyone from KKAMFI which he believed the foundation might have gotten the names from the records of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

'Perjury case'

On the brewing perjury case of the village captains enlisted as beneficiaries, he said: "That's their prerogative. But just to clarify it, it was not me who let them signed the documents. They have no evidence to show that I was there when they signed that. However, all these allegations will be answered in the court at the proper time."

For now, Uy maintained, he is gathering witnesses to file his affidavit to the Office of the Ombudsman which can attest he distributed thousands of seedlings and the kit.

Contrary to reports, Uy admitted receipt of around P10 million from the PDAF, not P34 million or P39 million.

In a special report of the COA published on gmanetwork.com website, Uy received over P14.5 million.

Meanwhile, allies of Uy in the Liberal Party are convinced that this controversy boils down either to political agenda of the opposition or the will of the NGO to liquidate the fund.

"I don't believe Klarex did it. Just look at the beneficiaries, everyone of them are from his rival's political camp. It's possible one of them is behind this bogus foundation. Aside from it being politically motivated, the foundation fabricated all their documents just so they could liquidate the funds," city councilor Enrico Salcedo said.

Beja, however, told this paper the village chairs enlisted as beneficiaries of Uy's program have yet to meet whether or not they will file the case. He added they all want to clear their names.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on August 20, 2014.

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