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NIA’s Yu explains why Laviña can’t be corrupt

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National Irrigation Administration (NIA)- Bicol Spokesman Ed Yu over the weekend defended former NIA Administrator Peter Laviña from the allegations of corruption that ultimately led to the latter’s resignation.

Based on a Brigada News FM Naga report, Yu said that it would be “impossible” for Laviña to carry out anomalies since he only served as administrator for three months.

Yu even pointed out that upon assuming his seat at NIA on December 14, Laviña immediately had all projects for 2016 bid out. For 2017, the Spokesman bared that there is as yet no bidding.

Laviña is the election campaign spokesman of then-Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. Duterte won the presidential race in landslide fashion.

In the same report, Yu said he believes the corruption claims against Laviña was fueled by those coveting the latter’s “juicy” position.

He noted that NIA’s current budget is P36 billion, and could even break the P40-billion barrier next year.