Diokno not off the hook

February 09, 2019
Benjamin Diokno

NO session break for the House panel investigating budget insertions of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) under the auspices of Secretary Benjamin Diokno.

According to House appropriations chairman Rep. Rolando Andaya Jr. the congressional hearing will continue even during the long break in order to unmask Diokno’s plot of maneuvering the people’s money.

“If the good Secretary thinks he can now relax and continue with his illicit activities, he is gravely mistaken. Hindi pa tapos ang pag-iimbistiga namin sa mga anomalyang kinasasangkutan niya,” Andaya said.

Aside from the appropriations committee, also to conduct an investigation is the House committee on public accounts chaired by Minority Leader Danilo Suarez.

“We have done our duty in approving the national budget. Congress, however, will continue exercising its oversight function to ensure that public funds allocated to government programs and projects are spent in accordance with the law and the existing rules,” Andaya said as he announced the inclusion of Suarez’ committee in the inquiry. “Hindi nagtatapos ang trabaho ng Kongreso sa pagpasa ng budget. Sisiguruhin namin na bawat sentimong ibinabayad na buwis ng mamamayan ay nagagasta ayon sa tinakda ng batas at desisyon ng Korte Suprema,” he added.

Andaya said in the next few weeks they will again subpoena top officials of the DBM and Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH) to pin down the real masterminds behind the P75-billion insertion in the preparation of the 2019 National Expenditure Program.