Whew! Andaya escapes ‘pork’ indictment
Deputy Speaker and Camarines Sur 1st district Rep. Rolando Andaya Jr. can sleep a lot easier after Monday (March 20).
This, after Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales approved the dismissal of the complaint against the politiko that has to do with the “pork barrel” scam.
It can be recalled that Andaya served as Department of Budget and Management (DBM) secretary during the presidency of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Arroyo is now his collage at the House of Representatives (HOR).
His particular Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) misuse case includes ex-Ilocos Sur Rep. Salacnib Baterina, scam mastermind Janet Napoles, and 9 others, a Bicol Standard report said.
In granting Andaya’s motion for reconsideration, the Ombudsman apparently found merit in the House leader’e claim that he issued three Special Allot Release Order (SAROs) for the release of Baterina’s PDAF as the then congressman’s pork allocations were already included on the PDAF Menu under the 2005 General Appropriations Act (GAA).
Andaya, according to a separate Philippine Star report, noted that under the DBM National Budget Circular issued on January 1, 2015, it was clarified that PDAF releases for 2005 onwards no longer required the project profiles and endorsements from the government implementing agencies (IAs) as long as the allocations are included in the GAA. #