Yap belies corruption allegation

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BENGUET caretaker Eric Go Yap vowed to resign if he is proven guilty of corruption. Yap was tagged in the list announced by President Rodrigo Duterte during his late Monday evening briefing naming eight congressmen and a former member of the House of Representatives involved in the alleged anomalies in Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) projects. The former solon is Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat Jr. of Ifugao. The solon clarified as caretaker of Benguet, when he was appointed January 27, 2020, all public works bidding for 2020 were already finished. “I’m not aware kung papaano nangyayari ang bidding at ni minsan sa buong buhay ko, hindi pa ako nakapasok ng bidding ng DPWH,” Yap said during his online press conference. Yap believes the issue on corruption is politically motivated. “Nakaka siguro ba kayo na tatakbo ako bilang congressman ng Benguet para pag aksayahan nyo ako ng pagod? Hindi po ako matitinag sa mga ganitong black propaganda.Ito ay magiging inspirasyon ko para mas lalong galingan pa ang pagseserbisyo,” added Yap. Yap meanwhile urged Presidential Anti – Crime Commission commissioner Greco Belgica to further conduct investigation on these alleged corruption before the names of those involved are submitted to the President. The solon was dragged into the corruption mess after he allegedly called Belgica to verify if Engineer Lorna Ricardo, a former district engineer, has any pending cases after a friend of his asked if she can be endorsed for assignment in Benguet. “Nung nakausap ko si Greco Belgica, tinanong ko kung may kaso ba ’ to, ang sabi niya ‘ meron po yan Cong. kaso at isasampa na po sa Ombudsman.’ Ang sabi ko ay ganun po ba, sige po, thank you.’ And then pagkatapos non wala na,” the congressman said. The solon meanwhile reiterated to immediately step out of the office once found guilty of wrongdoings. “I’m ready to leave. Kahit hindi ako tanggalin ni House Speaker, once I’m proven guilty, I will resign,” Yap told reporters.