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P113 million PCL fund nearly gone?

‘EXPLAIN EXPENSES’

THE majority of the more than 17,000-strong, Philippine Councilors’ League (PCL) are set to ask their interim chairman, Davao City Councilor Danny Dayanghirang for an “explanation” on where their P113 million fund actually went when the PCL opens its 11th Congress in Pasay City this week.

Reliable information reaching the media bared that an increasing number of the country’s councilors are getting “alarmed” over the alleged “expensive management style” of Dayanghirang, who is also expected to formalize his position as PCL chairman during its congress where a new set of PCL national officials is also to be elected.

The PCL congress will run from February 26 to February 28 and will be held at the SMX Mall of Asia, Pasay City.

Dayanghirang is contesting the chairmanship with Polangui, Albay councilor, Jesciel Richard Salceda, a nephew of Albay representative and House Ways and Means Committee chair, Joey Salceda.

A document summarizing the expenses of Dayanghirang between June 2017 to September 2018 showed he chalked up expenses of more than P1 million, majority of which were “reimbursements for various expenses” or amounts subsequently returned to him by the organization.

Dayanghirang had shared the PCL leadership with former Ilocos Sur Governor, Luis ‘Chavit’ Singson after the latter won as Narvacan, Ilocos Sur, councilor in 2016 and was subsequently elected as PCL president.
Informed sources within the PCL averred that before Singson stepped down, he left more than P113 million in the coffers of the PCL; to date, however, the sources said their fund had already reached the “critical level” of only P19 million, based on its June 2019 financial report.

Aside from alleged questionable expenses, sources said they also disapproved the P30,000 ‘per diem’ being given by Dayanghirang every meeting to all PCL national, regional and provincial officials as being “wasteful” and smacks of ‘bribery’ to ensure their loyalty to him.

“Even before the PCL Congress opens this Wednesday (February 26), the word going around is that he ‘promised’ to increase this already scandalous amount to P150,000 per meeting,” one of the sources said, adding:

“The majority of the PCL members who are decent men and women are actually averse to this kind of politicking where the organization’s money is thrown around for the benefit of the few even as we are yet to see any worthwhile project undertaken for everybody’s benefit.”

“Mauubos na pala ang aming pondo, wala namang proyekto,” the sources lamented.

It was also gathered that Singson, who is now the mayor of Narvacan and also national president of the ‘League of Municipalities’ (LMP) was also dismayed over the way Dayanghirang has run the affairs of the PCL.

Singson issued a statement last February 4, calling on PCL Congress participants to “break” Dayanghirang’s “monopoly of leadership.”