Two Solons Deny Wrongdoing in P728-M Fertilizer Fund Issue
Two members of the House of Representatives denied yesterday before the Office of the Ombudsman that they personally benefitted from the alleged P728-million 2004 fertilizer fund scam.
In a separate counteraffidavits submitted to the anti-graft body, Quezon City Rep. Nanette Daza and Marinduque Rep. Carmencita Reyes of Marinduque said the complaints against them have no basis in fact and in law.
Daza and Reyes are among the 105 congressmen, 52 governors and 23 mayors listed as having received funds from the Department of Agriculture ranging from R3 million to R5 million shortly before the 2004 local and national elections.
Both claimed they used the funds to purchase farm implements like shredding machines.
Adaza said the Commission on Audit (COA) even issued a certification that the machines are still being used at the Payatas Garbage dumpsite where biodegradable waste materials are being converted into fertilizers.
Reyes said the shredders and other farm implements that were bought for Marinduque were also distributed to farmers in order to convert their waste material into fertilizers.
Both solons stressed that they did not ask for other agricultural inputs like fertilizers aside from the machines. …