The Office of the Ombudsman has not seen any red flag in connection with an alleged flood-control scam in Sorsogon, Bicol, as it has not yet conducted an investigation, Ombudsman Samuel Martires said in a statement issued on Thursday.
The Ombudsman added that they were only in the process of gathering documents.
“It is therefore inaccurate to say that ‘the Office of the Ombudsman has noticed red flags of corruption on the evidence presented and on the testimonies made during the hearing’ in the alleged ‘flood-control scam’ in Sorsogon,” Martires said.
“Truth of the matter is, we have not seen any red flag even from the horizon because we have not been sufficiently educated as to the subject matter of the privilege speeches of Sen. [Panfilo] Lacson and Rep. [Rolando] Andaya [Jr.], and as we have yet to fully investigate the matter,” he added.
“Likewise, it is also imprecise to say that ‘we have requested copies of testimonial and documentary evidence’ generated during the public hearing in Naga City [Camarines Sur],” Martires said.
According to the Ombudsman, a certain Mr. Baquiran volunteered to furnish them with the documents.
Martires had ordered Ombudsman investigators to obtain copies of the privilege speeches of Lacson and Andaya.
Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno has denied allegations of “insertions” in the budget of the Department of Public Works and Highways for flood- control projects in Sorsogon.