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Andaya loses to Villafuerte for Camarines Sur governor

May 20, 2019 - 2:40 PM

The Camarines Sur congressman fails to unseat the son of his bitter rival LRay Villafuerte

DEFEATED. Camarines Sur 1st District Representative Rolando Andaya Jr is not going to be governor. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Lagman: House version of 2019 budget 'completely constitutional'

Mar 20, 2019 - 5:36 PM

Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman, leader of the opposition bloc in the House, joins the 3-member team tasked to end the budget deadlock with the Senate

BUDGET ISSUES. Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman stands by the House's version of the 2019 budget. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House leadership scrambles to address budget deadlock

Mar 19, 2019 - 2:15 PM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo clarifies the House has not yet withdrawn the enrolled version of the 2019 budget, contradicting her appointed negotiator San Juan City Representative Ronaldo Zamora

HOUSE CLASH. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, House committee on appropriations chair Rolando Andaya Jr, and San Juan City Representative Ronaldo Zamora differ in their statements in addressing the budget deadlock. File photos by Rappler

'Last chance': Andaya presses Senate to sign 2019 budget

Mar 16, 2019 - 2:35 PM

House appropriations chairperson Rolando Andaya Jr says both chambers only have until May to 'complete' their task on the 2019 budget

BUDGET ISSUES. House committee on appropriations chairperson Rolando Andaya Jr gestures during his press conference on March 11, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Andaya asks senators: Why hostage the 2019 budget?

Mar 11, 2019 - 5:17 PM

House committee on appropriations chair Rolando Andaya says if there are anomalous allocations under the 2019 budget as alleged by senators, President Rodrigo Duterte can always veto it

BUDGET ISSUES. House committee on appropriations chairperson Rolando Andaya Jr gestures during his press conference on March 11, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Senate also itemized parts of 2019 budget after ratification – Andaya

Mar 11, 2019 - 4:15 PM

House committee on appropriations chairperson Rolando Andaya Jr says this is the same process that congressmen did, which senators are now questioning: 'I really don’t see the difference here'

SENATE DID IT TOO. House appropriations panel chair Rolando Andaya Jr says senators also itemized parts of the 2019 budget after they ratified the bicameral conference committee report. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Sandiganbayan to proceed with Andaya trial over Malampaya scam

Mar 07, 2019 - 12:45 PM

The anti-graft court denies the appeal of Camarines Sur 1st District Representative Rolando Andaya Jr, who faces charges stemming from his term as budget secretary

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya arrives at the Sandigan Bayan on Friday, January 18, 2019 for the arraignment of his case graft and malversation of public funds. Andaya allegedly involved in the P900-million Malampaya fund scam including Pork Barrel scam queen Janit Lim Napoles and her children James Christopher and Jo Christine and also ex-government officilals, former agrarian reform secretary Nasser Pangandaman and former agrarian reform undersecretary Narciso Nieto. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Andaya retreats in war with Diokno now that he’s BSP gov

Mar 06, 2019 - 5:57 PM

‘Some other person, some other time, maybe in the next Congress,’ says Representative Rolando Andaya Jr about his previous threat to sue Benjamin Diokno over alleged public works scams

WHITE FLAG. Camarines Sur 1st District Representative Rolando Andaya Jr says he will no longer pursue his once aggressive push to sue outgoing budget secretary Benjamin Diokno over alleged public works scams. Photos by Darren Langit/Rappler

Andaya: 'Nothing illegal’ in itemizing health budget post-ratification

Mar 06, 2019 - 4:58 PM

Andaya cannot answer for certain the exact breakdown of P4.5 billion worth of funds for health facilities, just that each district got their share

HEALTH FACILITIES BUDGET. House Committee on Appropriations Chairman Rep. Rolando Andaya defends the move of the lower house to itemize its P4.5 billion health facilities budget only after the ratification of the bicameral committee report on the 2019 national budget. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Diokno tried to bribe lawmakers with P40-B funds, claims Andaya

Feb 08, 2019 - 3:07 PM

DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the congressman's accusation is 'absolutely false'

House committee on appropriations chairperson Rolando Andaya Jr makes fresh allegations against DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno on February 8, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Andaya-led House panel summons Diokno to 2019 budget probe

Feb 07, 2019 - 1:20 PM

'Failure to comply with this order is subject to penalty under the law,' the subpoena signed by Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo warns Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno

SUMMONED. The House committee on appropriations issues a subpoena to DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bicam targets to ratify 2019 budget at the last minute

Feb 04, 2019 - 7:20 PM

The bicameral conference committee plans for both houses of Congress to ratify the 2019 budget by Friday, February 8, the last day of session

BUDGET BICAM. The Senate and House contingents to the bicameral conference committee discuss the 2019 budget on January 30, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Bicam agrees to remove funds for dredging projects in 2019 budget

Jan 29, 2019 - 2:50 PM

Senator Franklin Drilon says dredging projects by private contractors 'are the biggest sources of corruption, and the preferred insertions in the budget by legislators'

BICAM. Lawmakers part of the bicameral conference committee on the 2019 budget meet on January 28, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Andaya yields House majority leadership to Fredenil Castro

Jan 21, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Camarines Sur 1st District Representative Rolando Andaya Jr is set to head the powerful committee on appropriations, which will continue the probe into alleged budget anomalies

NEW MAJO. Capiz 2nd District Representative Fredenil Castro is the new House Majority Leader. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Term-sharing or graceful exit for Andaya as House majority leader?

Jan 21, 2019 - 1:31 PM

Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro claims there is a 'gentlemen's understanding' between him and House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr

BYE, BYE MAJO? Camarines Sur 1st District Representative Rolando Andaya Jr is said to be stepping down as House Majority Leader to give way to Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sandiganbayan chief scolds Andaya over comment on Malampaya scam case

Jan 18, 2019 - 1:04 PM

On the eve of his court appearance, House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr told media the schedule of the arraignment was 'nice timing.' He again escapes arraignment because of a pending motion to quash.

SCOLDED. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr is scolded by Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang over the former's media statement that the hearing on January 18, 2018, over his Malampaya scam case was of "nice timing." Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Andaya hits DBM for bidding P168-B transpo projects in 2018

Jan 16, 2019 - 9:25 PM

But a DOTr official says the process was aboveboard, as they were the ones that sought the DBM’s help to be their procuring agent last year

ANDAYA VS DIOKNO. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr attacks DBM and its chief Benjamin Diokno anew on January 16, 2019. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Congress ends deadlock on Road Board abolition

Jan 16, 2019 - 5:05 PM

The House approves the amended Road Board abolition bill on second reading

COMPROMISE. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr, Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto, and Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri meet on January 15, 2019 to discuss the Road Board abolition. Photo from Zubiri

Diokno in-laws' construction firm got P81M from dummies – Andaya

Jan 15, 2019 - 1:42 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr says the alleged scheme made Sorsogon prone to construction projects that are either incomplete or easily damaged

'INCOMPLETE'. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr claims a flood control project in Prieto Diaz, Sorsogon is 'waiting for the river to come.' All screenshots from Andaya's presentation

Andaya seeks probe into ‘missing’ budget for Bangsamoro plebiscite

Jan 14, 2019 - 7:08 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo previously said the reenacted budget will not affect the BOL as 'the budget for this was already included in the 2018 budget'

BUDGET PROBE. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr accuses DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno of "forgetting" to allocate funds for the Bangsamoro plebiscite. Screenshot by Rappler

Andaya, Zubiri to settle issues over Road Board abolition on January 15

Jan 14, 2019 - 4:35 PM

One major issue that the House and Senate majority leaders need to address is whether or not a bicam has to be convened for the Road Board abolition bill

ROAD BOARD TALKS. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr holds a press conference on January 14, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Malacañang stands by Diokno, blames Congress for delayed salary hike

Jan 14, 2019 - 2:15 PM

The Palace supports the stance of Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno – that implementing the 4th tranche of the government pay hike without a Congress-approved 2019 budget would be unconstitutional

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno during the question hour at the House of Representatives on December, 11, 2018. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Andaya sues Diokno at Supreme Court over non-release of gov’t salary hike

Jan 14, 2019 - 1:15 PM

It is a class suit led by Andaya co-signed by employees from both the executive and legislative branches

SALARY HIKE. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr files on January 14, 2019, a class suit before the Supreme Court seeking to compel the Budget Department to release the 4th tranche of the Salary Standardization Law. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Villafuerte: No need for ouster plot, Andaya should just resign

Jan 11, 2019 - 7:13 PM

(UPDATED) Camarines Sur 2nd District Representative Luis Raymund Villafuerte Jr says lawmakers are 'fed up' with the 'obstructionist ways' of Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr

ENEMIES. Camarines Sur 2nd District Representative Luis Raymund Villafuerte Jr and House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr has a longstanding bitter rivalry. Photo of Andaya by Rappler, photo of Villafuerte from lrayvillafuerte.com

Arroyo backs Andaya amid ouster rumors

Jan 11, 2019 - 5:20 PM

Camarines Sur 2nd District Representative Luis Raymund Villafuerte, Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr's political rival, is allegedly planning to oust the House leader

ALLIES. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr (R) was Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's budget chief when she was still president.

House invites Diokno, relatives to flood control 'scam' probe

Jan 11, 2019 - 1:24 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr says he is expecting 'full cooperation and full disclosure' from Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, his daughter, and his in-laws

NOT ATTENDING? Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno has already been advised by President Rodrigo Duterte not to attend the House probe. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Martires blasts Andaya, denies probe into flood control scam

Jan 10, 2019 - 9:01 PM

‘It is not good to drag the Office of the Ombudsman into this feud between the Office of the Secretary of Budget and Management and the House of Representatives,’ says Ombudsman Samuel Martires

DENIAL. Ombudsman Samuel Martires denies Representative Rolando Andaya Jr's statement that the Office of the Ombudsman has launched a probe into the alleged flood control scam. Photos by Rappler

Andaya to Diokno: Don’t hold hostage gov’t workers' salary hike

Jan 10, 2019 - 3:42 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr says it will not be unconstitutional to implement the salary hike, as the reenacted 2018 budget has allocations for it

PAY NOW, NOT LATER. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr urges DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno to implement the salary hike for government workers this January. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Gov’t can implement salary hike without 2019 budget – lawmakers

Jan 08, 2019 - 6:23 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr warns he would take DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno to court if the government fails to implement the salary hike by January 15

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon (L) and House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr (R) says DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno (center) can implement the salary hike without the 2019 budget for now.

Andaya tags Diokno in alleged flood scam 'conspiracy'

Jan 06, 2019 - 1:34 PM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno denies the 'imagined schemes' linked to him by House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr

CONSPIRACY? House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr in a heated exchange with DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno during the question hour at the House on December 11, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House panel to invite Diokno, in-laws to Sorsogon infra projects probe

Jan 05, 2019 - 11:45 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr appeals to Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno and his in-laws to 'stop hiding the truth using technicalities and general denials'

DIOKNO CONNECTION. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr (center) links DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno to Aremar Construction in a hearing of the House rules committee on January 3, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Diokno says Andaya’s claims based on ‘wrong numbers, not grounded on facts’

Jan 04, 2019 - 4:06 PM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno denies having a favored contractor, saying project implementation is 'not part of his job'

DENY. Embattled Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno denies allegations by House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. File photo by DARREN LANGIT

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Jan 03, 2019 - 9:24 PM

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Lawmakers want Daraga town under Comelec control

Jan 03, 2019 - 7:45 PM

Some congressmen want the government to preventively suspend and issue a hold departure order against Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo

ALLEGED MASTERMIND. Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo is accused of hiring a private armed group to kill AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe. Photo from Baldo's Facebook page

Duterte signs resolution extending life of 2018 budget for another year

Jan 03, 2019 - 5:02 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte cites the need to continue funding rehabilitation efforts for several regions affected by calamities last year

2018 BUDGET EXTENSION. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech during the Marco Polo Davao Journey @ 20 at the Marco Polo Davao on December 7, 2018. Photo by Robinson Niāal Jr/Presidential Photo

Contractor not aware Diokno’s in-laws behind partner firm – lawyer

Jan 03, 2019 - 4:21 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr believes the statement of C.T. Leoncio Construction and Trading's lawyer, but he says the owner will still be liable for the anomalous contracts

NOT AWARE. Lawyer Rafael Madrid is the legal counsel of the owner of C.T. Leoncio Construction and Trading. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Andaya seeks AMLC help in probe of firms linked to Diokno's in-laws

Jan 03, 2019 - 3:02 PM

Aremar Construction uses at least 8 dummy contractors, including C.T. Leoncio Construction and Trading, to bag government projects in Sorsogon, claims House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr

BANK RECORDS SOUGHT. Consolacion Leoncio, owner of C.T. Leoncio Construction and Trading, sits beside her lawyer during the House hearing on January 3, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Diokno's in-laws behind firm that bagged big gov't projects – Andaya

Jan 03, 2019 - 1:54 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya claims there is a 'clear case of conflict of interest' as Aremar Construction's biggest stockholder and incorporator are in-laws of the budget chief

DIOKNO CONNECTION. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr (center) links DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno to Aremar Construction on January 3, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House kicks off probe into alleged budget anomalies under Diokno

Jan 02, 2019 - 8:56 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya and Minority Leader Danilo Suarez are expected to grill DPWH officials on January 3 over the supposed questionable billions in pesos worth of funds under the 2018 and 2019 budgets

HOT SEAT. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno answers lawmakers' questions over alleged budget anomalies during the question hour at the House plenary on December, 12, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House panel summons contractor, DPWH officials to Sorsogon infra projects probe

Dec 27, 2018 - 11:49 PM

The owner of CT Leoncio Construction and several public works officials in Bicol Region are among those summoned to a House rules committee hearing on Thursday, January 3

SUBPOENAS ISSUED. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr says the rules committee has summoned personalities for a probe into alleged anomalies in infrastructure projects in Sorsogon. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House caves in, vows to pass 'better' Road Board abolition bill

Dec 22, 2018 - 1:32 PM

(UPDATED) After hearing from President Rodrigo Duterte himself, the House promises to approve the Road Board's abolition 'without delay' – but they want a 'better' version

House majority leader Rolando Andaya at the House of Representatives on December, 11, 2018. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Lawmakers, engineers request P5B in road users’ tax funds

Dec 22, 2018 - 8:30 AM

House Majority Leader Andaya Jr's list shows the requests of legislators and engineers approved by the graft-riddled Road Board, but the funds have not been released to them

CAMPAIGN FUNDS? House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr says DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno is reserving Road Board funds for administration candidates in 2019.

Arroyo signature in Road Board abolition bill 'ministerial' – Malacañang

Dec 21, 2018 - 1:43 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte may sign the bill into law even without House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's signature, says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

ALLIES. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo meets with President Rordrigo Duterte in Malacañang on October 9, 2018. File photo from Arroyo's office

Andaya hits P325-M flood control projects in Casiguran, Sorsogon

Dec 19, 2018 - 5:40 PM

'So ano ba talaga 'yong basehan ng pagbigay ho natin ng pondo para sa flood control? May master plan tayo? Kamag-anak ba?' asks House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr in relation to the proposed projects for 2019

ATTACK VS DIOKNO. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr holds a press conference on December 19, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House won’t abolish graft-ridden Road Board, says Andaya

Dec 18, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Senators are urging President Rodrigo Duterte to sign into law the bill that would scrap the graft-ridden agency that oversees the funds from the road users' tax

NO ABOLITION. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr says the plenary already withdraw its support to the bill abolishing the Road Board. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: The many shades of pork

Dec 17, 2018 - 9:38 AM

Factions in Duterte’s own administration are squabbling over funds, and it seems, over appointments too

Ex-Cabinet exec 'parked' P300M in budget – Andaya

Dec 16, 2018 - 12:38 PM

A Cabinet official, who resigned to run in the 2019 elections, is accused of inserting millions in flood mitigation projects for Bicol for the next fiscal year

FUNDS 'PARKING.' House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr discloses yet another alleged multi-million insertion in the proposed 2019 budget. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House to probe alleged anomalies under Diokno in January 2019

Dec 13, 2018 - 6:10 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr says he's 'particularly interested' in the P100 million worth of debts that the Department of Budget and Management owes suppliers and contractors this year

HOT SEAT. The House will set off a probe into the alleged budget anomalies under DBM chief Benjamin Diokno. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Diokno not involved? Sorsogon got P10-B infra projects in 2018 – Andaya

Dec 12, 2018 - 6:05 PM

(UPDATED) House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr says Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno's denial is 'unbelievable'

HOT SEAT. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno during the question hour on December 11, 2018, when lawmakers grilled him over the national budget. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Andaya grills Diokno over P75-B ‘insertion’ in DPWH budget for 2019

Dec 11, 2018 - 11:18 PM

DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno argues the P75 billion is aboveboard, as its addition to the DPWH funds in 2019 is part of the legal budgeting process

THE GRILLING. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya (top, in white) gestures as he questions Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno on December 11, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler