Benguet dads deny re­ceiv­ing pay­ola

Sun.Star Baguio - - Front Page - Lau­ren Alimondo Sun*Star Re­porter

BENGUET Board Mem­bers have asked Gover­nor Cres­cen­cio Pa­calso to cre­ate a task force to in­ves­ti­gate the al­leged pay­ola given to of­fi­cials in the prov­ince by chicken dung traders in Tublay.

This de­vel­oped af­ter a con­cerned trader sub­mit­ted a let­ter to the pro­vin­cial board of the al- leged pay­ola given by op­er­a­tors of the chicken dung in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

“We have heard that part of the park­ing fees col­lected from us chicken dung ven­dors in Tublay are be­ing given to some board mem­bers in the prov­ince. This is­sue was raised dur­ing the meet­ing with Board Mem­ber Nestor Fong­wan Jr. at BAPTC last 22 March 2018. Can

we be clar­i­fied with this is­sue,” the let­ter stated.

Fong­wan Jr. in his priv­i­lege speech said is­sues be­set­ting the truck­ers were dis­cussed with Ariel Mali­a­cos, in­form­ing him that since the quar­an­tine or­di­nance of the prov­ince, the park­ing fees col­lected by op­er­a­tors in Tublay went up from P10 to P12 per sack.

From the P12, it was al­leged that a 30 cen­tavos quar­an­tine fee will be col­lected while the P1.70 will al­legedly go to the board mem­bers and other pro­vin­cial of­fi­cials.

Park­ing man­ager Mele­cio Orig said there is no park­ing fee col­lec­tion go­ing to the pro­vin­cial board mem­bers.

Orig said the P12 park­ing fee will be al­lo­cated for main­te­nance (P2.70), mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment (P1.50), prov­ince (30 cen­tavos), park­ing fee (P3.50), porter (P1), and per­mit (P1).

Board Mem­ber Juan Nazarro mean­while said col­lec­tion of fees should be in the des­ig­nated check­point of the quar­an­tine based on the or­di­nance by the prov­ince.

“A pri­vate in­di­vid­ual can­not col­lect taxes or fees for the gov­ern­ment,” said Nazarro.

Board Mem­ber Jim Boti­wey added Orig will be vul­ner­a­ble to suit from mu­nic­i­pal and pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment if he is not dep­u­tize to col­lect.

Com­mit­tee chair on agri­cul­ture Robert Namoro also de­nounced the al­le­ga­tion.

“We are dis­turbed, we are not re­ceiv­ing any cen­tavo. This has been drag­ging for so long. We re­it­er­ate that we do not re­ceive any sin­gle cen­tavo com­ing from chicken dung trade,” said Namoro.

Photo by Milo Brioso

MILK­ING COW? A porter con­tin­ues his work amid con­tro­versy sur­round­ing the chicken dung in­dus­try.

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