Flood control ‘scam’ probed

December 27, 2018
Rolando Andaya Jr.

THE House investigation into the questionable infrastructure projects in Sorsogon, funded allegedly through budget insertion, will push through, according to Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr.

Andaya said subpoenas to appear in the hearing were already sent to the owner of C.T. Leoncio Construction and several DPWH officials in the Bicol region.

Invited guests were expected to shed light on the so-called flood control scam and other anomalous transactions involving multi-billion-peso infrastructure projects in Sorsogon province.

House Secretary General  Dante Roberto Maling has sought the assistance of PNP chief Dir. Gen. Oscar Albayalde to locate, and serve the subpoena to the individuals invited to the January 3 hearing of the House Rules Committee to be held in Naga City.

Among those subpoenaed were Ms. Consolacion Leoncio, owner of C.T. Leoncio; and DPWH officials Engrs. Virgilio Eduarte, Danilo Verzola, Ignacio Odiaman, Wilfredo Flores, Larry Reyes, Merla Raveche, Jorge Gorimbao, Victor Azupardo, Gil Augustus Balmadrid, Noland Claro Guerrero; Ms. Malou Lacuna, Mr. Renato de Vera, and Dr. Elenita Tan.

The subpoenas were received by the PNP Region 5 on December 20.

“We expect the attendance and full cooperation of these people in the House investigation. The House will not hesitate to issue arrest orders should those subpoenaed refuse to appear in our congressional hearings,” Andaya said.

“We also expect Ms. Leoncio and the DPWH officials to bring with them copies of transaction documents involving the infrastructure projects in question,” he added.

These projects include the P10-billion infrastructure works allocated by the DBM to Sorsogon in 2018, most of which were cornered by C.T. Leoncio Construction and eventually found their way to the construction firm owned by the in-laws of the Department of Budget and Management Secretary Benjamin Diokno.

These projects were included in the P75 billion inserted by the DBM in the NEP submitted to Congress.