She did not mince words.
Sen. Risa Hontiveros has this statement.
RISA HONTIVEROS – The Office of the Vice President spent P125 million in just 11 days and the female senator questions this.
In just 11 days, the Office of the Vice President spent ₱125 million from the confidential funds. The confidential funds were transferred by the Office of the President.
Marikina Rep. Stella Quimbo, the senior vice chairperson of the House Appropriations Committee said during the 2024 budget debates initially that it was spent within 19 days. However, Quimbo aired that she was later informed that it was actually spent for just 11 days.
The liquidation report was already submitted last January 2023. Meanwhile, lawmakers insisted that the budget of OP to OVP transfer was illegal and unconstitutional. This move has drawn flak.
This subject also gained attention online and Senator Risa Hontiveros did not mince words when she released a statement regarding this. Accordingly, the spending of a huge amount in less than two weeks has magically happened.
In a video statement released on Tuesday, September 26, she pointed out some notes. She cited that the Philippine Coast Guard had to fit Php 170 million in confidential funds for 17 years while the case with the OVP did not even last for two weeks.
“Saan niyo dinala ang pera? Naghihintay ng resibo ang buong Pilipinas,” Hontiveros told the OVP.
Watch the video below:
To recall, amid being grilled by Hontiveros, Vice President Sara Duterte thanked Pres. Bongbong Marcos for standing by her.
In a previous article, confidential funds must be used for the following reasons:
- activities and projects relevant to national security and peace and order
- rental and incidental expenses in safehouses’ maintenance
- rental of transport vehicle related to confidential activities
- purchase of supplies and materials for confidential operations
- payment of rewards to informers
- illegal activities that pose a clear and present danger to agency employees, properties, and facilities
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