Rep. Benitez Expose: P40 Billion of P60 Billion Yolanda Aid Under Aquino Admin “Unaccounted For”

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One of the country’s richest lawmaker, Rep. Alfredo Benitez from Negros Occidental made an expose about the controversial Yolanda Fund. According to Rep. Benitez, P40 Billion of P60 Billion in “Yolanda” aid released under the Aquino admin “unaccounted for,” as he seeks “special audit” of the said funds.

Rep. Benitez told the media that more than half of the money released by the previous administration or the Aquino administration as aid for Typhoon “Yolanda” victims are unaccounted for.

The congressman from Negros Occidental he has asked the Commission on Audit to hold a “special audit” to determine where the P40 billion of the P60 billion released by the national government under the then-President Benigno Aquino III have gone.

Congressman Benitez also noted that the audit is also needed so that COA could investigate how several houses for the victims came to made of “substandard materials.”

The testimony of the lawmaker was based on testimony provided “under oath” by an engineer, a supposed subcontractor from Balangiga, Samar, who approached Benitez team when they went to Eastern Visayas to make an inspection.

Congressman Benitez stated further that inquiry could extend to the possible liability of the contractor for the projects, JC Tayag, which subcontracted them to another party.

The congressman said according to the National Housing Authority, subcontracting was allowed for as long as the agency gave its approval.

Source: PIA Visayas

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