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House Resolution 512 was filed Monday by La Union Representative Thomas Dumpit Jr., member of the Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino founded by the President herself."The urgency of the situation compels drastic measures on the part of the government in order to address pressing need on the rice crisis, whereby mitigating, if not eliminating, the colossal effects of the crisis," Dumpit said in the resolution."In view of the massive proportions of the crisis and in order to effectively address the same, there is a compelling need to treat the rice problem as a calamity and grant her Excellency President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo emergency powers in a restrictive scope," he said.The additional and special emergency powers, the lawmaker said, should focus only on the rice shortage in the country.In filing the resolution, Dumpit pointed out the effects of the worldwide rice crisis as shown by the soaring prices of the staple in the country.E-MAIL THIS PRINT THIS
MANILA, Philippines - The Office of the Ombudsman has charged former La Union Second District Representative Thomas Dumpit Jr for the alleged misuse of his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).
Thomas Dumpit Jr., of La Union's (Pangasinan) 2nd district and several others over the alleged anomalous use of his P66.5-million Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) allocation in two years since 2007.
The Ombudsman also found probable cause to file nine counts of malversation through falsification of public documents, and six counts of malversation against the respondents before the Sandiganbayan. Named respondents with Dumpit were former Technology Resource Center (TRC) head Antonio Ortiz; TRC employees Ma. The Ombudsman found basis in the audit report submitted by the Commission on Audit (COA) that Dumpit received a PDAF allocation totaling P66.5 million from 2007 to 2009 for projects such as the distribution of livelihood training kits, business clinics, market development, livelihood training, distribution of instructional and livelihood materials, grafted seedlings, hand tractors, water pumps, manicure sets, hairdressing kits and sewing machines. The Ombudsman said Dumpit allegedly identified the NLDC, Nabcor, and TLRC as implementing agencies. He also allegedly endorsed non-government organizations (NGO) as project partners in the implementation of his PDAF-funded projects - Aaron Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. (AFPI), Kabuhayan at Kalusugan Alay sa Masa Foundation (KKMFI), and Kasangga sa Magandang Bukas Foundation, Inc. (KMBFI).
In an online report, it was learned that former House Speaker Prospero Nograles, former Agriculture secretary and now Bohol Representative Arthur Yap, former Bukidnon representative Candido Pancrudo Jr., and former La Union representative Thomas Dumpit Jr. are facing charges of diverting millions of pesos of pork barrel funds into fake non-government organizations that are not linked to alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles.
Last week, Representatives Mary Ann Susano (Quezon City), Thomas Dumpit Jr. (La Union), and Raul Gonzalez Jr. (Iloilo) unanimously cited acts of election fraud, blaming Smartmatic officials as the reason for their loss.