Written by Mario J. Mallari
Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Director Benjamin Magalong yesterday branded as “demolition job” a complaint filed against him for alleged misused of P1.2 million Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) from Abra Rep. Joy Bernos.
Magalong, who served as director of the Police Regional Office-Cordillera, confirmed that the PRO-COR received P1.2 million from Bernos and is ready to face any probe regarding the disbursement of the allocation.
He stressed that he did not personally handled the fund which, he said, was used with transparency.
“PRO-Cordillera received a P1.2-million PDAF from Bernos for the procurement of military supplies. I did not handle the fund,” Magalong said in a text message.
Magalong also confirmed that the Commission on Audit (CoA) is now looking at the issue.
“We were very transparent in the procurement of the items as it is my personal policy to be always transparent in our funds not only in PRO-Cordillera or CIDG but in all units that I commanded in the past,” Magalong said.
“CoA is looking into it. I believe the poison letter came from political groups in Abra who were undermined because of the peacekeeping strategy that we successfully implemented in the province. Sad to state that it is a demolition job,” he added.
The Tribune yesterday reported that a certain Jerry Seares, of Pidigan, Abra, filed a letter complaint before the CoA alleging that Magalong misappropriated the P1.2-million PDAF from Bernos.
Seares alleged that Magalong gave the go signal for the release of the amount to BER CAR, which is allegedly not authorize to sell imported items.
“I suggest you talk to personnel of PRO-Cordillera and they can attest how funds were transparently and efficiently managed,” he said.
Magalong also urged his critics to visit PRO-Cordillera “and see for yourself the equipment that we have procured during my term. I am sure you will be amazed.”
“All because of proper management of funds and transparency. I also encourage you to talk to the resident CoA and accountant of PRO-Cordillera. Wala akong itinatago. Visit other PROs and you will observe the huge difference,” Magalong said.