While the Diliman Diary supports the retention and even increase of the budgets of State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), it has also taken the editorial stand of opposing the siphoning away of existing SUC funds through financial irregularities which have been duly documented by COA. In this regard, two other Senators, Senator Loren B. Legarda and Senator Pia S. Cayetano have also responded in the affirmative to our emails and have already instructed their staffs to do their own due diligence on the issue (please see: http://diliman-diary.blogspot.com/2010/11/senators-promise-to-look-into-financial.html).
We are also continuing to email members of Congress (i.e., the Lower House) about the matter. We have actually begun this campaign starting November 18, 2010 and will conclude it when we are convinced that sufficient progress has been made in ending the abuses of the past (please see: http://dilimandiary.blogspot.com/2010/11/commentary-this-little-piggy-goes-all_18.html).
The overall intention of these activities are to ensure that even increases in budgets of SUCs sourced from state and taxpayer's monies end up with their intended recipients in SUCs rather than end up in private pockets. It is with the check-and-balance function of the legislature in mind that we are undertaking this campaign for better governance within SUCs and their existing managements.
We received your letter and I would like to thank you for your diligence in presenting the facts and data you sent, and the show of concern over the state of our SUCs. We will look into the anomalies and financial irregularities, and will form an action plan to address these issues.
K I K O P A N G I L I N A N
Senate of the Philippines
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