Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II bared that nine congressmen from Region 12 or Soccsksargen region have expressed alarm over the controversial road right-of-way claims not only in General Santos City but in their areas as well.
Aguirre disclosed that House Deputy Speaker Ferdinand Hernandez and eight other lawmakers sought action in a letter proposing an investigation into the disclosure of witness Roberto Catapang Jr.
Aside from Hernandez the eight congressmen were Deputy Speaker, First District Rep. Maguindanao and Cotabato City Bai Sandra Sema, First District North Cotabato Rep. Jesus Sacdalan; Second District North Cotabato Nancy Catamco; Third District North Cotabato Rep. Jose Tejada; First District South Cotabato and General Santos City Rep. Pedro Acharon Jr.; First District Sultan Kudarat Rep. Suharto Mangundadatu; Second Distric Sultan Kudarat Rep. Horacio Suansing Jr.; and lone district Sarangani Province Rep. Rogelio “Ruel” Pacquiao.
Aguirre said that the information was relayed to him by Hernandez last Nov. 28 when he went to the House of Representatives and gave his testimony to the Committee on Justice hearing on the impeachment case against Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno.
“The contents of the letter support the allegations of our whistle blower, Roberto S. Catapang that numerous transactions involving billions of pesos concerning right of way claims before the DPWH are possibly tainted with irregularities,” Aguirre said.
“Resultantly, it becomes more imperative that we get to the bottom of this issue since a large sum of money from the coffers of our government are involved,” he stressed.