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Catholic bishops slam gov’t for fund misuse

MANILA, May 12 (PNA) – Catholic bishops have urged the Senate to probe the alleged P2.6 billion anomaly on allocations of family planning health care program of the Department of Health.
Tagbilaran Bishop Leonardo Medroso appealed to the government to investigate the alleged anomaly.
“Maraming mga mahihirap dito sa provinces lalo na sa mga provincial hospitals at health center na wala man lang silang gamot sa anti-tetano, basic medical services at mga gamot para sa mga buntis o mga nanay natin and then sa DOH pala naglaan ng bilyun-bilyong piso para sa contraceptives na hindi naman kailangan ng tao ay na-corrupt pa,” he said.
“I am appealing to the government, to our lawmakers to please investigate this,” Medroso added.
Sen. Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III, in a recent privilege speech, divulged that some local government units did not receive the funds allocated for the Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health and Nutrition program from 2008-2010.
Sotto said the issue should be probed first before starting the debate on the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) Bill pending in Congress.
The senator said in his privilege speech, “While advocates of the RH bill are focusing on various issues such as overpopulation, poverty, contraception, abortion and so on and so forth, it is best that we look into the ‘here and now’ because I smell that there is something rotten in this state of affairs.”
Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes was elated that Sotto, an anti-RH bill advocate, revealed the alleged anomaly.
Baste urged Pres. Benigno S. Aquino to look into Sotto’s disclosure. (PNA)

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