IN ILOCOS SUR, IT'S VICKY CU

ILOCOS PROVINCE, September 8, 2003 (MALAYA) If Jose Miguel Arroyo has a Vicky Toh, former Ilocos Sur Gov. Luis "Chavit" Singson has his Vicky Cu, a provincial corruption watchdog said yesterday.

The Save Ilocos Sur Alliance (SISA) said Ma. Victoria Cu, provincial administratrix, has been awarding big contracts to three suppliers identified with her.

Estelita Cordero, SISA president, said Virrant Corp., Revina Enterprises and Fastducks Builders are registered as separate business organizations but have the same business address at 13 Mabini st., Vigan City.

Virrant Corp. is registered as a trading firm with a paid-up capital of P62,500. Its owners are Victoria Cu, Rebecca Sangco, Rosemarie Filart, Andrea Averia, Nancy Donato and Thelma Tacata. The word Virrant is an acronym of the first letter of the first names of the owners, SISA said.

Revina, a trading firm with a capital of P100,000, has Nancy Donato as the registered owned. Revina is an acronym of the first two letters of the names of Rebecca Sangco, Victoria Cu, and Nancy Donato, SISA said.

Fastducks is a construction firm owned by Rebecca Sangco with a capitalization of P500,000. The word Fastducks is an acronym of the letters of the family names of the same owners of Virrant Corp., SISA said.

The common names that appears in the deeds of the suppliers are Cu, Sangco and Donato.

Prior to Cu's appointment as provincial administratrix by then Gov. Singson on July 1996, she had been dealing with the provincial government as a supplier.

SISA said COA reports are full of transactions involving the three suppliers/contractors during the term of Singson. The companies continue to be favored by incumbent Gov. DV Savellana, SISA said.

Cu has been accused of plunder along with Singson by the SISA before the Ombudsman.

The charges involved a P360 million contract awarded to Fastducks Builders, alleged unlawful use of P30 million in tobacco excise tax and the alleged ghost purchase of a backhoe-loader for P9.5 million.

SISA said the complaints have been kept in the freezer by Singson's allies at the Office of the Ombudsman.

Cordero also reported that in 1998, Cu bought a parcel of lot for P100,000 located in Brgy. Magsaysay, Sinait, from an old couple and had this registered under her name and her husband.

The controversial flue curing barn financed by the P170 million tobacco excise funds which Chavit claimed he delivered to President Joseph Estrada as bribe money was constructed on the Cu property by Fastducks Builders.

Cordero said: "There seems to be a pattern in the manner graft and corruption is committed in our country. Our leaders flagrantly display their awesome powers that they do not even bother to hide their indiscretions anymore. They use the same names and same address all over again and again for their immoral and illegal transactions. Does this mean that just a few can be trusted and these few are favored to corner the juicy contracts on their behalf or that they take their constituents to be dumb?"


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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