Congress giving fund hitches to Cong. AGR?

NOV. 4-10, 2010

RDR to arrive ‘TIL Nov 17, says PA Peligro

Davao del Norte provincial administrator Rufo Peligro bared in an ambush interview that Governor Rodolfo del Rosario will at the earliest arrive in the province from his United States travel by November 10, and if not within dates after until November 17.

The governor is still on his official travel since he left Oct. 6 to visit his son District 1 Congressman Anthony del Rosario, whom Peligro said is already completely healed from his hodgkin lymphoma cancer after successfully undergoing stem cell transplant and chemotherapy treatments.

By the governor’s travel abroad, Vice Governor Victorio “Baby” Suaybaguio Jr is the present acting governor by operations of law.

Asked about the funding of Del

Rosario’s congressional office due to his closeness to the governor’s son, Peligro said, “naglisud pa ang congressional office, kami pa gani ang nagatabang (the Capitol is assisting)”, fueling speculations that there might be hitches in the releases of operating funds by the Congress to the congressman’s particular office due to his absence.

The Del Rosario’s newly refurbished congressional official was inaugurated last Friday, Oct. 29 at the Del Rosario-owned commercial lot (former Dabawenyo compound) in Magugpo North, along national highway adjacent to Tagum Water District.

During the office inauguration, the congressman’s younger brother and chief of staff Raffy del Rosario announced that more than P20 million worth of various infrastructure projects are now ready for implementation before the year ends. He also said that Cong. Del Rosario is now cancer-free after undergoing stem cell transplant procedure and chemotherapy treatment. He is recuperating in the US and will be back in the province by January next year instead of December as earlier notified by Peligro.

Earlier, reports said that the congressman’s field staffers were collating data for the initial release of his “P1 million per barangay” funds out from unused congressional budgets of former Cong. Arrel Olano.

National reports have recently said that congressmen in the country have been allocated additional P50 million of congressional pork aside from their Priority Development Allocation Fund (PDAF) and budget shares from the road users’ tax.

Cong. Del Rosario filed his official leave of absence for his treatment at the Stanford Cancer Center in California before last July 1, the first day of office of regular congressmen in the country.

High hopes have been expressed from various sectors in the province that the congressman is now completely healed so he can physically represent the people of his district in the House of Congress. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)



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