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Politika lang? Andaya shrugs off hidden wealth complaint, accuses Belgica of hatchet job

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Without addressing the allegations of hidden wealth, House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. has dismissed the complaint of Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) Commissioner Greco Belgica as a mere hatchet job.

In a statement, Andaya claimed the criminal complaint was just “part of an ongoing hatchet job” connected to his plan to run for Camarines Sur governor, especially as the complaint was filed two days before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) begins accepting certificates of candidacy.

He said Belgica should have sought his side first since he was a government official.

“Unfortunately, he miserably failed in this one elementary aspect, and opted to chase publicity. This stunt leads me to conclude that he has been a clueless victim of a prank, or a party of an ongoing hatchet job against me,” Andaya said.

Andaya also dared Belgica to “conduct the same investigation into the SALN (Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth) of my political opponents.”

Belgica had filed a complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman alleging that Andaya failed to declare in his 2016 and 2017 SALNs his ownership of nine real properties, 23 motor vehicles, and 19 firearms.

Although Belgica cited official government records for his allegations, Andaya did not address the issue in his statement.

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