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Drilon grills Bong Go on the disbursement of 700M taxpayer money from PSC to PHISGOC

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During yesterday’s plenary session in the Senate. Senator Drilon grilled Bong Go who currently leads the Health and Sports Committee regarding the establishment of PHISGOC (Philippine Sea Games Organizing Committee) when in fact the same outsourced services rendered were also at similar capacity of the Philippine Sports Commission, which makes it pretty redundant and dubious at best. Also, Drilon questions the authority of the PSC (Philippine Sports Commission) to fund disbursement to a non-profit non-stock private company PHISGOC (Philippine Sea Games Organizing Commitee).

“.. In other words, what could otherwise be performed by the PSC (Philippine Sports Commission) is contracted out to PHISGOC (Philippine Sea Games Organizing Committee)..” – Sen. Franklin Drilon

Drilon revealed that William Ramirez the current head of the PSC (Philippine Sports Commission) is also in fact an official of the non-profit non-stock private organization PHISGOC (Philippine Sea Games Organizing Committee) which Bong Go later refuted by insisting that he is not but rather an ”ex-officio” member of the board. However, Drilon later schooled him on the meaning of an ”ex-officio” member at that this was not applicable in his case since  he is a government official and must not occupy a position of a private firm.  (Republic Act No. 6713)

“..Conflict of interest” arises when a public official or employee is a member of a board, an officer, or a substantial stockholder of a private corporation or owner or has a substantial interest in a business, and the interest of such corporation or business, or his rights or duties therein, may be opposed to or affected by the faithful performance of official duty..”

Though Bong Go promised to submit the ‘Articles of Incorporation, By Laws and the Information Sheet of the said organization so that Senator. Franklin Drilon could review and ask further questions based on the available information in the document. As well as the PSC (Philippine Sports Commission) head himself were invited to the Senate to clarify certain issues between his agency and the contracted non-profit organization PHISGOC (Philippine Sea Games Organizing Committee).

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