Rep. Martinez faces charges over funds release

Rep. Clavel Asas-Martinez, one of the proponents of the plan to split Cebu into smaller provinces, is facing charges over disbursements in development assistance funds.

Heres part of Sun.Star Cebus story on the issue:

Where is the P26.5-million in development assistance funds that Rep. Clavel Asas-Martinez allegedly diverted to a personal bank account by using as conduit the Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP) Cebu Council?

The anti-graft office wants to find out because, as far as their investigation is concerned, Martinez still has the money, released in three separate dates, after depositing it into her bank account on June 14, 2002, Sept. 19, 2002 and Sept. 23, 2003.

Read the rest of the story in Sun.Star Cebu.

Bills to split Cebu flawed?

Cebu 2nd district Rep. Antonio Cuenco has asked the House of Representatives to suspend action on the proposals to create Cebu del Sur, Cebu del Norte and Cebu Occidental.

Cuenco said proponents of the plans to create new provinces out of Cebu failed to follow instructions in the implementing rules for the creation of new provinces. Cuenco said the sponsors did not meet the required documents in the official checklist.

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