It’s now PCSO Chair Margie Juico’s turn to EXPLAIN.
A public relations firm has cornered a P500-million deal with the PCSO at her behest. That P500 million is almost 100 TIMES BIGGER than the P6 million plus worth of vehicle donations given to seven bishops during the Arroyo Administration.
VERY LITTLE is known as of now about that deal, especially the terms and conditions and the short and long-term advantages to the PCSO, if any.
But Juico RAISED HELL over the vehicle donations to the bishops, gamely and willingly feeding the details to the media and the names of the bishop-recipients. Even though the PCSO's basis, the Commission on Audit (COA) evaluation that the donation was unconstitutional, HAS NOT BEEN RULED ON by the Supreme Court.
The SOLE BODY which has the power to settle questions of constitutionality.
Even though there is no exact figure, I will dare say that the vehicles had benefitted thousands at the least of the bishops’ flock. So Juico must PROVE that P500 million for PR would benefit tens or hundreds of thousands of the poor and the needy.
More importantly, Juico must justify that the P500 million is COST-EFFECTIVE. She must have PROOF that the amount would yield a reasonable return to the PCSO.
And will not be spent SOLELY TO BOOST HER POPULARITY and IMAGE.
Second, Juico must justify why must the PCSO open account at a non-government bank when it is a government agency. Anybody correct me if I’m wrong but this is ILLEGAL. I admit, however, that I don’t know if there are exceptions.
Bottom line: What makes that private bank SO SPECIAL? What are the terms and conditions? Juico is a government executive so it goes without saying that she must patronize her own.
Lastly, what exactly is the ‘BLACK FUND’ for?
The name alone gives an immediate impression of dubious, if not notorious, intentions. Juico must reveal its purpose or LEGITIMACY, amount, legal basis and most of all SAFEGUARDS against MISAPPROPRIATION, QUALIFIED THEFT or PLUNDER!
Senate Blue Ribbon Committee Chair Teofisto Guingona is an ally of the Aquino Administration.
Let’s see how IMPARTIAL and RIGHTEOUS can he be! 30