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Ledesma, Golez
used NGOs recently

Rep. Julio Ledesma IV (Neg. Occ., 1 st District) and former Bacolod Rep. Anthony Golez could not be reached for comment on new reports they channeled their pork barrel funds from 2010 and 2012 through non-government organizations.

The Coprahan at Gulayan Foundation Inc. reportedly received P1.26 million from Golez, and the Kabuhayan at Kalusugan Alay sa Masa Foundation Inc. received P1.35 million from Ledesma.

Earlier, Ledesma, former Rep. Jose Carlos Lacson (3 rd District) and the late Rep. Ignacio Arroyo (5 th District) were also tagged in a Commission on Audit special report covering 2007 to 2009, for allegedly using questionable NGOs for the release of their Priority Development Assistance Fund, or pork barrel funds, for various projects.

Ledesma and Lacson denied the authenticity of their signatures on some of the documents submitted by the NGOs.

Ledesma denied signatures in documents submitted by Kaisa't Kaagapay Mo Foundation Inc. in one project but did not comment on two other projects and on the documents submitted by Farmers Development Corp. and Kabuhayan at Kalusugan Alay sa Masa Foundation Inc., the report said.

Lacson denied signatures in an acceptance report and list of beneficiaries on documents submitted by Aaron Foundation but confirmed signatures in the request for release of fund to the National Agribusiness Corporation, the report added .

An ABS-CBN reports said residents of Barangay Salamanca in Toboso town in Ledesma's district said they had not received seedlings and livelihood training kits despite his allocating P10 million through the Kaisa't Kaagapay Mo Foundation Inc. in 2007 to 2009.*CPG



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