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Namamangka sa dalawang ilog? Robredo-backed CamSur Rep. Andaya joins PDP-Laban

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It seems like Camarines Sur 1st District Rep. Rolando Andaya wants to have the best of both worlds.

Columnist Alex Magno revealed in his column that Andaya had “strange behavior” lately as he suited up with the ruling party PDP-Laban while being reportedly allied with Vice President Leni Robredo of the Liberal Party.

“Nonoy Andaya must be gunning for the governorship of Camarines Sur, a much larger fiefdom than the province’s 1st District he now represents. Only that could explain his strange behavior of late,” Magno said in his column published in the Philippine Star.

“The congressman recently signed up for the administration party PDP-Laban, although he is said to have forged an alliance with Leni Robredo who holds sway over the vote of Naga City. Politics always makes for strange bedfellows,” he added.

Andaya became the center of a controversy last month after he engaged in an verbal altercation with CamSur Rep. Luis Raymund Villafuerte, who also served as the province’s governor.

The issue stemmed over the expansion of an airport in Pili, which affected lands belonging to farmers.

“The site in question is designated for the expansion of the airport. The expansion was given the go-signal by the DOTr. A writ of possession of the land was issued last July by the regional trial court. The upgrade of the airport will be a boon to Camarines Sur’s booming tourism industry,” said Magno.

According to Magno, Andaya appeared to have allied with the Pili farmers, even though the town is outside his congressional jurisdiction

“When the victims of Andaya’s abusive behavior trooped to the police station to lodge their complaints, the congressman stormed after them. By chance, Villafuerte was in the same station to look after his people. That was when the near-clash happened,” said Magno.

“If, by any chance, Andaya become governor of Camarines Sur, will he now dismantle the airport project so that the farmers may be restored to their rustic occupation? Will he keep this province, one of the nation’s poorest, in its present state?,” he also said.