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CAMARINES SUR POLITICAL RIVALS

Villafuerte accuses Andaya of pursuing ‘bootleg’ probe

Says the House Minority Leader is deflecting attention to real issue of delay in the approval of the 2019 national budget
/ 10:46 PM January 14, 2019
Rolando Andaya Jr. and Luis Raymund Villafuerte Jr.

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. and Camarines Sur Rep. Luis Raymund Villafuerte Jr. (Photos from their Facebook accounts)

MANILA, Philippines — Camarines Sur 2nd District Rep. Luis Raymund Villafuerte Jr. lashed back at House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. on Monday, accusing the latter of pursuing a “bootleg” investigation in the chamber as part of an apparent “pre-election agenda to lay siege to the stalled 2019 General Appropriations Act (GAA) and destabilize the Duterte administration.”

Andaya, Camarines Sur 1st District representative, earlier belittled the rumored ouster plot brewing against him and mocked his political rival Villafuerte as “saling-pusa.”

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Rather than resort to “innuendoes,” Villafuerte said, Andaya and his “sidekick,” Minority Leader and Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez, should explain why they deflect public attention from the real issue, which he claimed as the “undue delay in the congressional approval of the 2019 GAA owing to the majority leader’s unilateral budget realignments, particularly the P1.9 billion in ‘pork,’ which — as discovered by Sen. Panfilo Lacson — ended up in Andaya’s legislative district.”

“There should be a reversal of roles here actually — with Andaya taking on the role of minority leader and Suarez as majority leader,” Villafuerte said in a statement sent to INQUIRER.net.

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“This should be the logical swap, considering that Andaya has unmasked himself as a closet opposition member — a sleeper agent — with his nonstop attacks against President Duterte, his alter ego Secretary Diokno and Malacañang, while Suarez is better suited as the majority leader because it is the biggest open secret that he is a de facto member of the majority coalition in the chamber,” he added.

It is also wrong for Andaya to dismiss the call for his resignation or ouster as majority leader as a petty issue, said Villafuerte, because “he has held the 2019 GAA hostage to his personal and partisan agenda — hence, putting at great risk the implementation of President Duterte’s priority programs for high and inclusive growth, such as ‘Build, Build, Build’.”

As for Suarez, Villafuerte said that in unduly dismissing such a grave national concern as nothing but local politics at play between him and Andaya, Suarez has shown himself to be as “mentally challenged” as Andaya.

“In the first place, if he believes that this is just local politics, then why is he meddling in it? But then this is not the case, because the truth is he has been a willing accessory of Andaya in destabilizing the Duterte administration with the sham probe by the House rules committee in a desperate bid to be finally recognized as a legit member of the minority,” Villafuerte added.

Andaya is leading an investigation against the alleged anomalous budget practices in the Department of Budget and Management, as well as the so-called “flood control scam” under the watch of Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno.

He started his exposès after Lacson alleged that Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo got P2.4 billion in pork barrel funds while the Camarines Sur congressman got P1.9 billion.

Both denied Lacson’s allegations. /atm

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