This is in response to the new desperate move of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) in maligning my name, this time accusing me of buying PDAF-funded, overpriced multicabs, costing P300,000.00 each.
To set the record straight, I never funded overpriced projects, all the more, personally gained from the different projects I funded through my Priority Development Assistance Fund. From 2011 to 2013, my office has granted numerous requests from the different municipalities in the country for fund allocation for multicabs which will be used as ambulance or patrol car. Amounts allocated for these requests were standardized based on the following reasons:
First, the amounts allocated for these multicabs are directly released to the requesting local government units, which conduct their own procurement based on the existing rules and regulations. My office has no involvement on the procurement of these multicabs.
Second, based on the canvass made by office, the market value of a multicab in good condition amounts to P170,000.00. This is further customized by the requesting local government unit depending on the purpose of its use, either as an ambulance or a patrol car. In addition to the cost for the custom design changes, part of our allocation includes costs for spare parts, operation and maintenance for one year of each multicab.
Third, the amounts allocated for my PDAF projects underwent the Commission on Audit’s review. Said agency did not find any anomalous transactions on the same.
Mukhang kuryente na naman ang nilabas na balita ng UNA, tulad ng ginawa nila sa paglalabas ng di umano’y luxury cars na pag-aari ko.
*OFFICE OF SENATOR ANTONIO "SONNY" F. TRILLANES IV
20 OCTOBER 2014