HDMF scam mocks PNoy’s “straight path” PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 August 2015 10:51

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…`This is what the Lord says, he who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it—the Lord is his name: ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know’…” (Jeremiah 33:2-3, the Holy Bible).

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HDMF SCAM MUST BE PROBED: Labor Arbiter Patricio P. Liboon, the grand archon when I joined the UP College of Law Sigma Rho Fraternity in 1978, sent a reaction to our item the other day entitled  “Scam in HDMF benefits bared”. Liboon, who is usually passive about many occurrences in government, said: “This should be investigated”.

Indeed, Arbiter Liboon is right: the scam should be investigated, considering that, from all indications, supposed payments of benefits to unsuspecting government officials would seem to be a widespread anomaly at the Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF).

Through this scam, hundreds of millions of government money would appear to have been disbursed for government employees as payment for one benefit or another, without them having applied for such benefits and without them having actually received even a single centavo of those payments or benefits.

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HDMF CAN’T BE REACHED FOR COMMENT: I called the Makati City head office of HDMF in the afternoon of Monday, August 03, 2015, to get the agency’s side of this story but, as usual, I was referred to the HDMF chief executive officer who, allegedly, could answer my questions. When I tried dialing the number of that referred officer, nobody answered my calls, even if I had been calling for two hours straight.

Either I was given a bum number, or the telephone operator who referred me to the officer already got to that officer first, and told him or her that I would be calling in relation to the anomaly, and that my calls should no longer be answered.

True enough, I had not been able to get the side of the HDMF. I also missed the opportunity to follow-up on the letter I sent to HDMF detailing the experiences of two retired public school teachers from Taguig City who complained that when they were asking for their retirement pays, they were told that the amounts allegedly received by them as “maturity benefits” in thousands of pesos from HDMF would be deducted from their pays.

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HDMF SCAM MOCKS PNOY’S “STRAIGHT PATH”: Of course, the teachers are up in arms. Their common complaint is that they did not apply for any “membership maturity benefits” from the HDMF while they were still in the service. And neither did they receive anything by way of such “membership maturity benefits”.

They therefore rejected the demand of HDMF that they should reimburse what they were supposedly paid as “membership maturity benefits”, but then, being the ordinary school teachers that they were, they weren’t able to do anything about the insistence of HDMF to be reimbursed the amounts it allegedly paid to them.

I am therefore concurring with Arbiter Liboon in his suggestion that this matter be investigated. It is not possible that this scam will happen without the participation of HDMF employees or officials. These are the people who make President Aquino’s program of “straight path” a mockery of the highest order and who should be fired by him!

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