CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, (PNA) -– The semblance of the “Janet Napoles pork barrel scam” has started to spread toward the various barangay units in the country, a barangay official said on Thursday.
Myrna Marban, a barangay kagawad in Balulang in Cagayan de Oro City, could not stop blowing whistles on the alleged anomaly perpetrated by the “Kaisa’t Kaagapay Mo Foundation (KKMF), a non-government organization, reportedly headed by a Partylist Rep. Eulogio R. Magsaysay of the Luzon based Alliance of Volunteer Educators (AVE).
Marban said that barangay Balulang was among the chosen beneficiaries along with barangay’s Bonbon and Bulua back on March 2012 where AVE reportedly downloaded some P 2 million for each of the barangays for various livelihood projects.
She said that the supposed amount reportedly came from the Special Allotment Release Order or SARO of Magsaysay which was assigned to KKMF, as AVE’s duly recognized non-government organizations, intended to help victims affected by typhoon Sendong in Cagayan de Oro City on December 16 2011.
Marban claimed that she became suspicious of the transaction on July 2012 when the said amount was addressed to the barangay Capt. Alfredo Carcosa although the fund was supposedly intended for livelihood projects in the barangay.
She said that her doubt grew when Carcosa withdrew the check but was later returned to the foundation.
“The pattern later became clear when the Napoles scam was exposed this year,” Marban said.
She said that she has the suspicion that part of the money that was released by the KKMF intended for the barangays was withdrawn and misappropriated by Carcosa and political allies in the barangay.
Marban said that she already filed criminal and administrative cases against Carcosa and several barangay officials with the Ombudsman.
Aside from the P2 million scam, Marban also filed other cases such as dishonesty malversation of funds and three other cases to the village chief for such anomalies in her barangay.