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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, November 28, 2013
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‘Local governments must
prove existence of PDAF’

Local government's who benefited from projects funded by the controversial Priority Development Assistance Fund should prove its existence, a militant party list representative said yesterday.
Negrense Neri Colmenares of Bayan Muna said in a radio interview, "all LGU's should prove that the projects that they requested from senators and congressmen are really existent."

Colmenares was reacting to the letters sent out by the Department of Budget and Management to the city government of Bacolod and the provincial government of Negros Occidental, asking for a status report on pork barrel-funded projects coursed through the two LGUS.

Bacolod received a total of P61.6 million while Negros Occidental receivedP184,137,500 in PDAF, released from Jan. 1, 2010 to Oct. 31, 2013.
"We in Bayan Muna are confident that the projects funded by our PDAF indeed exist," Colmenares said.

Meanwhile, the office of Rep. Julio Ledesma IV (1st district) said that, contrary to the list provided by the DBM that showed that he has no projects implemented though the provincial government, he gave "P2.5 million which was released on March 9, 2012."

"We are not sure why it was not reflected in the DBM list sent out to the Capitol," a statement from Ledesma's office said.

"The amount is part of the congressmen's share in the provincial government's NegrosOccidental Health Insurance Program (NOCHIP)," the statement added.*

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