Ousted Former Speaker Loses Yearly 3.6 Billion Funding
February 7, 2008
(ed. The question here should be where did all the money from all his years as speaker with P3.6 Billion a year go?) from TAPATT
The perks of this barangay when JDV was the Speaker
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
DAGUPAN CITY – Bonuan Gueset is a village here that has a population of more or less 30,000. When Jose de Venecia was the Speaker of the House of Representatives, it has enjoyed tremendously infrastructure projects from him.
Recently, the then Speaker has funded its covered gymnasium worth P 2 Million, foot bridge worth P 3 Million, covered court of a public secondary high school worth P 1 Million, and a drainage system worth P25 Million.
Its newly elected Barangay Captain Angel Gumarang remarked that de Venecia asked every village chief in this city to submit two project proposals for him to fund. “Pero kami, we have submitted five proposed projects dahil kami ang pinaka malaking barangay sa Dagupan”, he said. But after de Venecia was ejected by colleagues in the House of Representatives last February 4 in lieu of the incumbent Speaker Prospero Nograles, the streak of infrastructures being constructed at Gumarang’s turf will probably come into a halt.
When de Venecia was the highest-whip of the House, his office has a P 3.6 billion annual funding. This was the amount that his opponents in the likes of Nograles and Representative Mikey Arroyo want to be audited. Now that JDV is a plain congressman, it is worth contemplating how he can appropriate his yearly P 70 Million Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or infamously called Pork Barrel (that is if Malacanang will give the imprimatur for him to use it), and his almost P 4 Million administrative budget before his constituents and leaders in the 4th Congressional District that is composed of this city, the towns of Mangaldan, San Fabian, San Jacinto, and Manaoag. During the oath taking ceremony of some 140 village chiefs who came to his residence in the coastal Barangay of Bonuan Binloc last December, he publicly declared before them that he would be giving P 1 Million for each of them so they could use it for the improvement of their village. But that promised now hangs into uncertainty. “Nakakalungkot. Sayang.’ as deplored by Gumarang.
But he was still hoping that the P 1 Million pledged to them by the former Speaker will still push through. “Sana ay ituloy pa dahil iyong P 1 Million na iyan ay malaki ang impact na magagawa para sa development ng respective barangay’, he added.
In the past, the former Speaker was ubiquitously seen giving generously goodies like mini van to each barangay, multi-million worth of three flyovers in this city, poured P662.7 Million worth of infrastructures at the said district prior to the start of the May 2007 National & Local Polls, and has just pledged P 17.5 Million to bankroll the seed capital of the Micro-Finance Bank here.