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House panel to probe allegations vs. senior citizens commission

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The House Committee on Public Accounts and Committee on Senior Citizens will investigate the allegations of Senior Citizens Partylist Representative Rodolfo ‘Ompong’ Ordanes against the National Commission of Senior Citizens (NCSC).

In his privilege speech, Ordanes questioned the inability of the NCSC headed by Chairman Franklin Quijano to act on its mandate to protect the welfare of senior citizens.

“Dalawang taon na ang nakakalipas nang mabuo ang NCSC ngunit wala pa rin nangyayari sa dapat na paglilipat ng mga responsibilidad sa NCSC mula sa Department of Social Welfare and Development,” Ordanes said.

The solon confirmed that they have received complaints from senior citizens, their organizations, and even from NCSC people.

“May mga sumbong at reklamo ng conflict of interest, grave abuse of discretion amounting to lack or excess of jurisdiction, and negligence in the performance of duty,” he added.

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He cited complaints that Quijano and Commissioner. Rey Mansilungan were favoring some organizations like the Senior Citizens Welfare Association of the Phils (SCWAP) and didn’t give attention to  DSWD-accredited Federation of Senior Citizens Association of the Philippines (FSCAP).

In his speech, Ordanes challenged  Quijano to resign from his post to allow others who are “willing to protect the welfare of senior citizens.”

“Chairman Quijano, if you can not fix the Commission by the end of this year, sana po magkaroon kayo ng delicadeza na ibigay na lang sa iba ang liderato nito,” Ordanes stressed.

The hearing is set on Monday morning

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