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Did the Commission on Audit (COA) err in reporting that P20 million in “pork barrel” funds went to a non-lawmaker between 2007 and 2009? President Benigno Aquino III thinks so.

In a recent exclusive interview with GMA News, Aquino said the Luis Abalos referred to in the COA special audit report that bared the alleged misuse of pork barrel funds was incumbent Mandaluyong mayor Benhur Abalos, who was a member of the House of Representatives in 2007.

“Yung pangalan nung isang tao na hindi miyembro nung Kongreso, ngayon sabi nila sa ‘tin miyembro ng Kongreso. Mali lang ‘yung binigay na first name,” Aquino said in a report aired on “24 Oras” on Wednesday.

Abalos, son of former Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Benjamin Abalos, served as Mandaluyong representative from 2004 to 2007.

The report said Budget Secretary Butch Abad had himself confirmed that it was Benhur Abalos who was named “Luis Abalos” in the COA report. — Rie TakumI/KBK, GMA News

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