Philippine Govt says foreign aid for Yolanda victims will be audited and accounted for as pork barrel funds corruption scandal lingers

GMA News Online, 12 Nov 2013
In the wake of the pork barrel scam, and amid growing concern that foreign aid pouring in for typhoon victims would again be lost to corruption, the government vowed to be transparent in handling funds meant for those who suffered from the devastation caused by Yolanda.
“The COA (Commission on Audit) will ultimately audit because those donations and grants will enter the government's books and therefore have to be accounted for,” Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said in a text message to GMA News Online on Tuesday.
In recent months, the misuse of some P10 billion in pork barrel funds allegedly masterminded by Janet Lim-Napoles in connivance with lawmakers has made headlines. Some of the funds were reportedly earmarked for victims of tropical storm Ondoy, and Napoles is now facing plunder charges along with several government officials because of the supposed anomalies. Full story

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