House issues subpoena vs. construction firm in infra scam

MANILA The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved the issuance of a subpoena against the proprietor of CT Leoncio Trading and Construction, which was involved in the so-called "large-scale scam" worth billions of pesos in infrastructure spending under this year's appropriations.

The plenary approved the motion of Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. to issue a subpoena against a certain Consolacion T. Leoncio, sole proprietor of CT Leoncio Trading and Construction, who allegedly bagged several infrastructure contracts in various provinces.

He said these projects are located in Sorsogon, Catanduanes, Samar, National Capital Region, Camarines Sur, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Batangas, Bulacan and Davao City.

Andaya noted that aside from Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH) projects, CT Leoncio also cornered various infrastructure contracts from the Bureau of Internal Revenue, the Department of Transportation, Philippine Ports Authority, Philippine Fisheries Development Authority, and the Department of Labor and Employment.

"In furtherance of the investigation being conducted by your Rules Committee, I move that we issue a subpoena for Consolacion T. Leoncio, proprietor of CT Leoncio Trading and Construction," Andaya said.

"Likewise, I move that we subpoena the pertinent DPWH regional directors, district engineers, and the COA (Commission on Audit) officials in charge of auditing these projects to be subpoenaed," he added.

No one objected to his motion and was approved by the plenary.

Andaya earlier revealed that budgetary allocations on flood control projects saw a huge increase from PHP73 billion in 2017 to PHP123 billion in 2018, a substantial hike of PHP50 billion or 68 percent. (PNA)

Source: Philippine News Agency

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