Cong. Lagdameo surprised to learn implementation of his P1M pork- chief of staff

aug 20, 2013

By Cha Monforte, Rural Urban News

Davao del Norte 2nd District Rep. Antonio Floirendo Lagdameo Jr. was surprised to learn that the P1 million he sought from the Department of Agriculture over a year ago has been implemented, bared Generose Tecson, his chief of staff.
Tecson, in text message sent Tuesday morning, said that the congressman “wrote to DA asking for P1 million for organic farming project over a year ago. Nothing was heard from DA and Cong. (Lagdameo) was surprised to learn that the P1 million has been implemented.”
“He asked the DA where and when the project was implemented. With the PDAF rules, kindly remember that the congressman requests but it’s the concerned agency that will implement. Cong. Lagdameo has yet to hear from DA regarding the same,” she added. 
Lagdameo is one of the more than 40 incumbent congressman implicated in the pork barrel scam. There are nine incumbent senators implicated in the COA investigative report revealing pork barrel scams. Others implicated were former congressmen and senators.
Lagdameo got a total of P138.5 million pork barrel per COA’s report on releases of Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), Various Infrastructure including Local Projects (VILP) and Other Sources, for the period 2007 to 2009. The PDAF is the “soft portion” of pork barrel while VILF is the “hard portion”. 
Each congressman is supposed to receive only a total of P210 million for three years or one term, as they are allocated P40 million for hard projects and P30 million for soft projects or a total of P70 million per year. 
For Davao Region, the same COA report bared pork barrel releases to the other incumbent congressmen. They are Davao City 3rd District Rep. Isidro Ungab, now the chairman of powerful committee on appropriations, with P197.5 million, Davao del Sur 2nd District Rep. Franklin Bautista, P99.85 million, Compostela Valley 2nd District Rep. Rommel Amatong, P162.3 million, and Davao Oriental 1st District Rep. Nelson Dayanghirang, P194.64 million.
The COA report also bared pork barrel releases of former congressmen, namely: former Speaker and Davao City 1st District Rep. Prospero Nograles, P604.5 million, former Davao del Norte 1st District Rep. Arrel Olano, P178.1 million, former Davao Oriental 1st District Rep. Corazon Malanyaon, P38 million, former Davao del Sur 1st District Rep. Douglas Cagas, P46 million, former Davao del Sur 1st District Rep. Marc Douglas IV, P615.2 million, former Davao Oriental 2nd District Rep. Joel Mayo Almario, P42.9 million, former Davao Oriental 2nd District Rep. Thelma Almario, P166.6 million, former Davao del Sur 2nd District Rep. Claude Bautista, P25.56 million, former Davao City 2nd District Rep. Vincent Garcia, P128.668 million, late Comval 2nd District Rep. Prospero Amatong, P50.5 million. and former Comval 1st District Rep. and now Comval Vice Governor Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora, a whopping P3.2091 billion, which made him the No. 1 in the list of porkers in the Senate and the House. 
Zamora has denied he received such big amount of pork. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)

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