Diokno faces plunder raps

Benjamin Diokno

HOUSE Committee on Appropriations chairman Rep. Rolando Andaya said his panel has enough evidence to support the filing of a plunder case against Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno and other individuals involved in alleged budget insertions.

Andaya’s committee is building up cases against personalities linked to the supposed scam involving P81 million worth of public funds.

As this developed, Andaya moved to transfer the investigation to the Committee on Appropriations since he already resigned as Majority Leader and head of the Committee on Rules.

The rules committee started the inquiry on the budget insertions and questionable flood control projects funding allegedly manipulated by Diokno and favored his in-laws, the  Hamors of Casiguran, Sorsogon.

From fund allocation to disbursement, Andaya said the panel learned how public funds were allocated and disbursed to favored areas. The panel discovered how infrastructure projects were bagged by selected Triple A contractors who are mere dummies of favored contractors or personalities connected to “big shots” in the government, he said.

“Now, with that hold of solid proof (on the P81 million) which traces the flow of public funds to the bank account of Secretary Diokno’s in-laws, I believe we have established enough evidence to recommend the filing of a plunder case against certain individuals involved in the transactions,”  Andaya said.

The committee resumed its investigation into the alleged anomalous allocations and questionable practices of the DBM under Diokno.