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Andaya blames politics for new graft case

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

House Majority Floor Leader Rolando “Nonoy” Andaya Jr. blamed local politics over the supposed filing of corruption charges against him over the alleged irregularities in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net worth (SALN).

Andaya said the graft case filed by Presidential Anti-Corruption Commissioner Greco Belgica before the Office of the Ombudsman “is part of an ongoing hatchet job” against him which is connected with his plans to run for the governorship of Camarines Sur.

“It is an expensive demolition job being waged at all fronts, especially in social media, but with a common thread running through all of them: lies,” said Andaya.

Andaya stressed that in a bid to keep their stranglehold on the province, his political rivals are resorting to foul tactics.

The House official disclosed a recent survey result, which showed that he will beat incumbent Governor Luis Miguel Villafuerte, “despite the private and public resources at their disposal.”

“This harassment suit would not have prospered if I did not heed the clamor of my provincemates to lead them in changing the bad way the province has been governed for years,” said Andaya.

In his complaint, Belgica said Andaya failed to disclose motor vehicles, firearms and real properties in his SALNs for 2016 and 2017.

Andaya said that as a government official under the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC), Belgica should have asked for his side before filing the said case.

“I would have gladly provided him with the facts. Unfortunately, he miserably failed in this one elementary aspect, and opted to chase publicity. This stunt leads me to conclude that he has been a clueless victim of a prank, or a party of an ongoing hatchet job against me,” said Andaya

He added that if Commissioner Belgica wants to be impartial and fair, Andaya suggested that he conducts the same investigation into the SALN of his political opponents.