Andaya eyes Diokno suit

February 10, 2019
Rolando Andaya Jr. & Benjamin Diokno

INSTEAD of citing him in contempt and compeling his presence to the congressional inquiry, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno and others should be prosecuted for allegedly giving undue advantage to the Aremar Construction firm owned by his in-laws’ family.

“Don po sa parte ng construction company ng kanyang anak,” Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando “Nonoy” Andaya, Jr., who chairs the House Committee on Appropriations, told Rowena Salvacion’s Buena Manong Balita radio morning program over dzBB Sunday.

“Unang-una (po si Sec. Diokno for) conflict of interest ho ‘yan. Kaso po ‘yan. ‘Pag nakinabang ang anak ng isang opisyal, bawal po ‘yon,” said Andaya, adding that his panel will turn over the investigation to the House committee on public account chaired by Quezon Rep. Danilo “Danny” Suarez which will file the complaints against Diokno and others before a prosecutor’s office or Office of the Ombudsman.

“Inaayos na po (ang mga dokumento). Kinukuha na sa akin...tina-transfer ko na ‘yong mga dokumento sa kanya (Suarez). We’ll see,” said Andaya, a former Budget secretary, who claimed that Diokno allocated funds in the national budget for Casiguran, Sorsogon projects allegedly bagged by Aremar Construction, which entered in a joint venture with CT Leoncio Construction and Trading.

“Sa susunod na hearing, hindi na naman sisipot (si Sec. Diokno). Pahihintayin niya lang na matapos ang sesyon na ito, kaya hindi na kami sa kanya interesado,” said Andaya.

The panel originally investigating Diokno’s questionable budget practices which he vehemently denied was the House committee on rules which Andaya chaired being the House Majority Leader then.