The report that Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando Andaya allegedly pocketed P255 million from businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles during his stint as Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary in the Arroyo administration, more for facilitating the signing of almost all of the special allotment release orders (Saros) from 2007 to 2009 issued to the three senators indicted for plunder in the Sandiganbayan, only shows how brazenly corrupt this lawmaker from the Lower House is, too.
The Saro is a document issued by the DBM to indicate that a project has been approved and that funds shall be released for it with the issuance of a notice of cash allocation.
As budget secretary, Andaya allegedly signed 10 Saros for Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile amounting to P345 million, 11 Saros for Sen. Ramon Revilla Jr. reaching to at least P320 million and 12 Saros for Sen. Jinggoy Estrada totaling P323 million. All these money from their respective PDAFs were found to have been routed to the bogus non-governmental organizations (NGOs) of Napoles, considered the brain of the P10-billion PDAF/pork barrel scam.
Surprisingly, Andaya, who denies having received any commission/kickback from these government transactions and professes more than ever his innocence, has not been accused of plunder in the PDAF scam.
But, just the same Andaya’s signature was seen to be more rampant and evident in the Malampaya Fund scam where the amount of P900 million meant for agrarian reform communities devastated by storms in 2009 was allegedly pocketed by government officials via again the bogus NGOs of Napoles, thanks to the overwhelming number of Saros totaling 145 that Andaya reportedly signed worth P14.393 billion.
The Malapaya Fund is the government’s share of the oil and gas revenues from the gas fields off Palawan province.
Reports say that Andaya allegedly received at least 70-percent commission for various projects that were supposed to be implemented by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) from 2006 to 2010, while he was the budget secretary.
This is where Andaya got nailed instead for plunder in the Office of the Ombudsman.
What is making Andaya’s case even worse is that Pampanga Rep. Oscar Rodriguez, chair of the House committee on good government and public accountability, said the panel would question Andaya about the release of P10.2 billion for public works projects during a spending binge in the last six months of the Arroyo administration.
Wonder how Andaya could be so confident of his clear conscience when he is just as corrupt as Enrile, Estrada and Revilla, and as rotten as Arroyo. Hope he gets prosecuted by the Sandiganbayan sooner, too.