Laglagan na! Alvarez, Nograles, Fariñas got multi-billion allocations in 2019 budget – Andaya
By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN
Majority Floor Leader Rolando “Nonoy” Andaya Jr. has disclosed that top honchos in the previous House leadership got multi-billion worth of allocations in the proposed P3.757-trillion national budget for 2019.
In his letter to President Rodrigo Duterte, Andaya said former House Speaker and incumbent Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez, former Davao City Rep. and now Cabinet Sec. Karlo Alexei Nograles and former Majority Floor Leader and incumbent Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas were among the legislators who topped the list with huge chunks of budget allocations from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
Andaya revealed that the ousted House leader got P5 billion worth of allocations and projects while the former Majority Leader got P3.5 billion. Nograles, who used to chair the powerful Committee on Appropriations prior to his appointment in the Duterte Cabinet, received P4 billion.
Andaya on Tuesday wrote a letter to Duterte in response to the published statement of Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo that he and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo should explain their huge allocations in the 2019 National Budget which was allotted to their respective legislative districts.
Sen. Panfilo Lacson earlier disclosed that Andaya got at least P1.9 billion of line item projects for his bailiwick in the first district of Camarines Sur while Mrs. Arroyo got P2.4 billion for her constituents in the second district of Pampanga.
The previous House leadership under Alvarez was accused of allotting as much as P51.7-billion worth of “parked insertions” in the proposed 2019 General Appropriations Act (GAA).
The inclusion of the said midnight insertions in next year’s National Expenditure Program (NEP) was later bypassed and rejected by the more powerful committee of the whole under Andaya.
Meanwhile, the Camarines Sur solon hinted that the huge slice of project allocations in the legislative districts of the said former House leaders were done in the level of the Department of Budget and Management since it was already there when the proposed 2019 NEP was submitted to Congress last July.