Senior staff at OSCA raised suspicion of padding in the roster of recipients involving appointees of MAYOR OSMENA to the CCSC and attempts to defraud the government millions in financialassistance that had fallen into the hands of bogus senior citizens.
How Much Money Changed Hands
Between 2008 and 2011, up to 182,336 had been given P729.344 million
in financial assistance.During the first June 26, 2012 cut-off up to P143.616 million were disbursed to 47,872 recipients.A conspiracy involving top officials of the Department of Social Welfare and Services (DSWS)and their cohorts in about 15 barrios had successfully defrauded the government up to P14 milliona year or P56 million in-between June 2008 and December 2011.The scam which involved 440 senior citizens who had long since died, 1,427 senior citizens whoare still alive but had moved to other provinces and cities of the Philippines, and 1,633 bogussenior citizens.
1.1 A discreet investigation
zeroed in 3,500 recipients who had inadequate documentation butwere extended financial assistance between 2008 and 2011. Altogether for 14,000 recipients, up toP56 million had fallen into the wrong hands.1.2 The list of allegedly dubious
recipients belonged to batches that were previously cleared for payment by the DSWS under the administration of OSMENA. The paper trail of anomaloustransactions was traced to the endorsements of DSWS department head CATHY YSO and CCSCexecutive chairman ROGER NUNEZ.1.3 The names of recipients in the padded
list belonged to men and women from Duljo Fatima,Inayawan, Kalunasan, Kinasang-an, Mambaling, Pardo, Punta Princesa, Quiot, San Nicolas,Bulacao, Calamba, Suba, Sawang Calero, Tabunan and Tisa—traditionally political turfs or bailiwicks of OSMENA.1.4 The signatures and penmanship of 3,500 recipients
who were able to escape detection andsigned the payroll came from 486 men and women, as was established in a computer-ran signaturematching process performed by the Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGC).1.5 Up to P28 million in amounts raised by 486 payment receipt facilitators
in 2009 and 2010found their way into the account of suspected Tommy bagman Augustus Pe, who subsequentlytransferred them to his principal’s BPI and HSBC accounts. The money was later given to allies of Osmena who ran for positions in the October 2010 barrio elections (See White Paper No.4);1.6 The conspiracy to defraud the government P56 million
could not have been made possiblewithout the cooperation of “silent partners” in the CCSC dominated by political appointees of OSMENA.