UncategoriesISINIWALAT | Pres. Duterte: Pondo ng DSWD, inilaan ni Taguiwalo sa NPA base sa ulat
ISINIWALAT | Pres. Duterte: Pondo ng DSWD, inilaan ni Taguiwalo sa NPA base sa ulat
President Rodrigo Duterte said he has received reports claiming that former Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo released funds from the government's conditional cash transfer fund to the New People's Army (NPA).
"She was suspected by, hindi naman lahat, but people… na the bulk of the money went to, ditong Pantawid, naibigay doon sa mga — ako sinabi ko, naibigay sa mga NPA," Duterte told reporters in Pampanga Thursday.
[Translation: She was suspected by, not all, but some people, that the bulk of the money from Pantawid, was given to the NPA.]
The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, or 4Ps, is the country's conditional cash transfer program under the Social Welfare Department, which gives money to extremely poor families and promotes the health and education of children. Around ₱54.9-billion of the 2017 national budget is alloted for the 4.4 million household beneficiaries under the program.
Duterte said the money reportedly released by Taguiwalo may have been used by the NPA to buy firearms.
"Baka naibili ng mga bala o armas [It may have been used to buy ammunition or arms,], because of the pronouncement of Sison that they are expanding, that they are recruiting," he noted.
Taguiwalo, a Left-leaning cabinet member, was rejected by the Commission on Appointments on August 16.
On her last day in her post, Taguiwalo said that she kept her faith in the President, but was saddened that he did not do the same with her. She did not elaborate.
Duterte's relationship with the Left remains strained as he cancelled peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines last July, after a clash between government troops and the NPA, the CPP's armed group.
The President also dared exiled communist leader Joma Sison to come back to the country and join his followers.
Besides Taguiwalo, two other members of the Cabinet are allied with the Left: Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano and Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III.