Family first! Andaya: Diokno’s in-laws cornered P550M worth of infra projects
Around P550 million of the P10-billion infrastructure budget allotted to Sorsogon under the 2018 General Appropriations Act (GAA) went to projects which benefited the parents-in-law of Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno’s daughter, House Majority Rolando Andaya Jr. revealed Saturday (December 15).
In a statement, Andaya accused at least one child of Sorsogon Vice Governor Ester Hamor and Casiguran town Mayor Edwin Hamor of entering into a joint venture with C.T. Leoncio Construction and Trading for infrastructure projects in the province.
The Hamors are the parents of Jojo Sicat, the husband of Diokno’s daughter.
“Documents obtained by the House panel showed that a daughter of the Hamors, Maria Minez hamor, owns Aremar Construction Corp. Inamin na ito ni Mayor Hamor. Sabi niya baka kakilala ng anak niya ang C.T. Leoncio. Pero hindi lang pala kilala ng anak niya, ka-partner pa sa ilang proyekto,” Andaya said.
In a television interview, Mayor Hamor admitted that one of his children owns a construction company and may know C.T Leoncio.
Andaya said the rules committee he heads has identified at least four joint ventures between C.T. Leoncio and Aremar Construction in Sorsogon. These projects include the P49-million highway improvement for Aruman-Casiguran Road, P96-million constrution of Barcelona-Casiguran Diversion Road, P115-million tourism road leading to bulusan National Park and the P289-million Daang Maharlika Section in the 1st district of Sorsogon.
The House leader said that while their investigation into C.T. Leoncio’s dealings has yet to officially start, what is clear is that P550 million worth of infrastructure projects benefited the parents-in-law of Diokno’s daughter.
“Just because it was approved by Congress does not erase the fact thaat it was Sec. Diokno who approved the allocations for Sorsogon and included them in the NEP (National Expenditure Program). The DBM Secretary has the final say on what projects will be submitted to Congress,” Andaya said.
“After trying to hide his scheme with congressional imprimatur, he now goes against the very people he has duped all along,” he added.
The House rules committee will start its inquiry into C.T. Leoncio on January 3 next year in Naga City.