THE National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) described as diversionary tactic allegations of Makabayan Bloc that the task force is receiving millions of pesos through illegal fund transfer from various government agencies.
National Security Adviser and ELCAC vice chairman Secretary Hermogenes Esperon Jr. said the Makabayan Bloc, especially Gabriela Women’s Party, wanted to divert the public’s attention to the issues of the proven donations made by foreign countries to their (Gabriela) group which is a flagrant violation of the Constitution and Commission on Elections (COMELEC)s.
“Siguro ang kanilang reaction ay misplaced, wala sa lugar and probably will even say na self-serving. Self-serving because they probably want to cover some things, especially on the part of Gabriela,” Esperon said.
“Alam ninyo naman na I have testified in Comelec about the receipt of funds by Gabriela from foreign sources, which is prohibited by the Constitution and by Comelec Rules. Kaya parang binabawian ba kami. Well, that’s welcomed,” he added
Esperon pointed out: “The international accounting firm Mazars, which was hired by the Belgian government to look into the funds came out with the report and exactly it says that Gabriela has been the recipient of funds, even during election years.”