From the Inquirer: According to Sen. Panfilo Lacson, one of the new manifestations of pork in the budget (is) where contractors shortchange taxpayers by using low-grade materials for infrastructure projects, while gifting agency officials and lawmakers with huge commissions in exchange for the contracts.
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In 2011, Sen. Lacson exposed irregularities in the P105-million purchase of helicopters by the Philippine National Police and initiated a Senate investigation into it.
“By intentionally misrepresenting the helicopters they were selling as brand new and likewise, by intentionally accepting the same as such, both MAPTRA and the PNP may have entered into an anomalous contract which not only gave unwarranted benefits or advantage to a party but also one which is manifestly and grossly disadvantageous to the government in violation of Section 3 (E) and (G) of Republic Act 3019, otherwise known as the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.”
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Senate Bill 258, which increases protection and benefits for whistleblowers, is pending before the Senate Committees on Justice and Human Rights; and Finance.
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Senate Bill 1638 strengthens the Office of the Ombudsman by establishing a retirement benefit system for the Ombudsman, his/her deputies, the special prosecutor and other officials and employees performing legal, prosecution, investigation and corruption prevention functions. It also seeks to augment employees’ benefits.
“Given the indispensable role of the Office of the Ombudsman in the eradication of graft and corruption, it is only but fitting to provide them with a competitive retirement scheme commensurate and comparable to other officials and employees in government performing equally vital functions.”