No Road Board bill for Duterte to sign

December 20, 2018
Rolando Andaya Jr.
Rolando Andaya Jr.

THERE will be no enrolled bill, abolishing the Road Board, that President Rodrigo Duterte will sign.

This was clarified by Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. adding that majority members of the House of Representatives have withdrawn their support for House Bill 7436.

Filed by former Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, House Bill 7436 seeks to abolish the Road Board due to corruption.

In a statement, Andaya said the House of Representatives is determined to abandon or scrap House Bill 7436.

Andaya said the plenary decided to withdraw the third reading approval of HB 7436.

“Paliwanag ko lang. Bago po wini-draw ng Kamara ang panukalang bill na ito, nagkaroon po kami ng pagkakataon, over dinner, na makausap ang ating Presidente kasama po ang ating Speaker. Present rin po roon si incoming Senator Bong Go. At maliwanag po duon sa usapan namin, tinanong po namin siya kung ano ba talaga ang nais mangyari ng ating mahal na Pangulo duon po sa Road Board. At sinabi niya na nagresign nga si Chito Clavano at hindi niya tinanggap ang resignation at ang tanong namin, ano po ang ibig sabihin nuon. Pinagkakatiwalaan daw po niya yung tao at palagay po niya, kaya niyang linisin ang sistema at ipagpatuloy na raw po ang pag-release ng project. Iyon po ang aming pagkaintindi at yuon ang maliwanag na sinabi sa amin kaya po wini-draw na namin ang panukalang batas na ito,” Andaya said.

He said there was nothing to clarify because there was no enrolled bill supposed to be signed by the President.

To rescind, it takes an enrolled bill signed by Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

“The Speaker cannot sign the enrolled bill. (She has) no authority,” Andaya said.

“Gustuhin namin sa puntong ito, wini-draw na po unanimously ng lahat ng miyembro ng House of Representatives yung suporta sa bill na yon. So, hindi po otorisado ang ating Speaker (Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo) na pumirma ng enrolled bill. So, yan po yung kinakailangan para po maging batas ito. So, walang parating na enrolled bill, ibig sabihin wala ring batas po ang mapipirmahan,” Andaya added.

Andaya belittled the statement of Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno that House members were trying to delay funds allocated for lawmakers.

“Ibigay daw sa mga taong elected at huwag daw po sa mga appointed lang. Kabaliktaran po ang mangyayari dun sa kanyang deal na sinasabi. Nandito po yung pondo, hindi naman po pupunta sa general fund, pero pupunta po sa isang special trust fund,” he said.

Pursuant to the law, Andaya said it is under the management and disposal of the Secretaries of the Department of Public Works and Highways, Environment and Natural Resources, and Transportation.

“So, that is completely the opposite of what they’re saying,” he said.