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Andaya’s arraignment before Sandiganbayan deferred for July

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PILI, Camarines Sur – Arraignment before the Sandiganbayan of former House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya, Jr., also a defeated Camarines Sur gubernatorial candidate, has been deferred to July 12, 2019, at 8:30 AM due to a pending petition filed before the Supreme Court (SC).

Andaya’s arraignment arises from numerous violations alleged committed during his stint as Secretary of Department of Budget and Management (DBM) under then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo from 2009-2010.

The complaints involved the releases of Malampaya Fund worth about Php 900 million that was illegally used for various bogus projects.

Andaya has been slapped with 97 violations of Section 3(e) of R.A. 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and another 97 violations of Article 217 in relation to Article 171(2) and 48 of the Revised Penal Code due to his involvement in the P900 million Malampaya fund scam from 2009 to 2010.

In 2009, about Php 900 million from the special Malampaya fund was released for use to help farmers who were affected by Typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng. But, the funds were somehow diverted to fake non-government organizations (NGOs) headed by Janet Lim Napoles.

(Then) Budget Secretary Andaya reportedly approved the fund request by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and allegedly signed its Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) and Notice of Cash Allocation as requested by his co-accused, former DAR Secretary Nasser Pangandaman, even before checking it out with DBM budget.

This year’s local election, Andaya ran for the governor post in this province, but he lost. []

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