Fariñas denies getting funds from Road Users' Tax

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 20 2018 04:11 PM | Updated as of Dec 20 2018 04:18 PM

MANILA - Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas on Thursday denied that his district got funds from the Road Users' Tax after his name appeared on a list released by one of his colleagues. 

"I just checked with DPWH [Department of Public Works and Highways] Region 1 Director Ronnel Tan and he says that his office or my district did not receive any Road Board funds," he said. 

House Majority leader Rolando Andaya earlier bared a list of at least 42 lawmakers who supposedly requested funding from the Road Board. 

Andaya's records show the former House Majority leader submitted 5 projects worth about P300 million that were approved by the Road Board. 

"My district has not received any Road Board Fund under the present administration, even when I was the Majority Leader," Fariñas reiterated. 

He stressed that he was one of the lawmakers, under the leadership of then-House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, who pushed for the bill abolishing of the supposed graft-ridden Road Board. 

The Senate had adopted the bill but the House of Representatives recalled the proposed measure when Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macagapal Arroyo replaced Alvarez. 

"You should ask the present House of Representative leadership the reason for its desire to continue with the present Road Board, even to the point of doing an unprecedented act of recalling a bill already finally approved and transmitted to the Senate," Fariñas said. 

Andaya earlier released the list from the Road Board to dispel notions he and Arroyo stood to benefit from their advocacy for the Road Board Funds to be used anew.