Napoles was charged as the alleged mastermind in the PDAF scam involving billions in pesos.
“Hindi makaka-first base sa Bataan si Napoles in so far as ‘pork’ is concerned. We do not solely rely on pork barrel but from revenues we derive from taxes on various industrial companies and partly on the Internal Revenue Allotment,” the three-term governor said.
The province is home to the Freeport Area of Bataan, petrochemical park, Petron Bataan Refinery and other oil terminals, Hermosa Economic Zone and various firms.
Collections on real property taxes increased from P586.57 million in 2008 to P829.10M in 2012.
“We have the biggest ‘pork’ for scholars and we have strict internal control kaya walang makukuha kahit piso si Napoles,” Garcia said. “P98 million annually ang pondo natin sa scholars,” he said.
The congressman said allocations for the scholars go directly to the schools concerned.
Records from the Scholar ng Bayan office at the Bataan capitol in Balanga City showed that the provincial government has 12,000 scholars yearly with allocation each of P3,000 to P6,000 per semester.
“Hindi naman mawawala, temporary lang, ang ‘pork’, magiging presidential pork kaya si Pangulong Aquino ang mamamahagi nito,” Garcia said.