SORSOGON CITY – Umapela si second district provincial board member Vladimir Frivaldo sa Philippine National Bank (PNB) at Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) na pansamantalang ipagpaliban ang pagpapautang ng P350 million sa lalawigan ng Sorsogon dahilan sa kinasasangkutang kontrobersya ni Gobernador Raul Lee sa ‘Fertilizer Fund Scam’.
Sa isang pahinang sulat, sinabi ni board member Frivaldo na sinang-ayunan ng mayoryang miyembro ng Sangguniang Panlalawigan ang pagbibigay ng otorisasyon kay Gobernador Lee ang pumasok sa loan agreement sa alinmang bangko o lending institution sa halagang P350 million at pagbalewala sa kanyang pagtutol dito.
Sinabi ng opisyal na kasalukuyang may nakabinbin na mosyon sa joint committee hinggil sa humihingi ng kopya ng letter proposals para sa PNB at LBP mula sa tanggapan ng gobernador na magpapakita ng mga kondisyon sa planong loan facilities. Ngunit ipinagtataka nito na hindi pa naisusumite sa sanggunian.
Binigyang diin ni Frivaldo na hindi pa rin naibibigay sa kanila ang report ng naunang loan sa halagang P260 million sa panahon ni dating gobernador Sally Lee at para malaman kung saan ginamit ang naturang pondo.
“I would like to stress that not only is the proposed P350.0 million loan the biggest in the history of Sorsogon, but also because this is not just peanut money that should only be reviewed and studied by a few people and be approved in just twenty (20) minutes. Please remember we don’t own that money”, ani Frivaldo
“Last April 13, 2011, the whole province was shocked to learn that Sorsogon Gov. Raul R. Lee was charged with graft by Office of the Ombudsman and filed with the Sandiganbayan for his direct involvement in the very controversial fertilizer fund scam. This scandalous incident brought not only put a shadow in the integrity of the governor and doubt in him but gave shame and dishonor to the people of Sorsogon”, ayon pa kay Frivaldo.
“For heavens sake, to eliminate further doubts to our SP Members and this august chamber, the Land Bank of the Philippines and the Philippine National Bank, should not tolerate the wrong doings in the government by deferring the loan application of the Province of Sorsogon, until Gov. Raul R. Lee is vindicated and cleared by the Sandiganbayan. These banks should also discontinue any further negotiations with the Provincial Government of Sorsogon to avoid further controversy”, dagdag pa ni Frivaldo
“By deferring the loan application we will eliminate doubts and increase peoples trust to the government.”, pagtatapos ni Frivaldo. BICOLTODAY.com