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‘Di nagpunta ang tao para sa mahabang speech: Cesar Montano justifies hasty exit at DOT’s New York event to watch musical

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Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Chief Operating Officer (COO) Cesar Montano doesn’t see anything wrong with rushing his speech at a fancy dinner-presentation co-sponsored by his office in New York to watch a musical.

In an interview over dzBB radio Friday (May 18), Montano did not deny giving a two-minute speech at the Philippine Tourism Presentation and Dinner Reception on May 9.

“Hindi naman nagpunta ‘yung mga tao doon para habaan ko ‘yung speech ko,” he said.

Politiko reported that Montano told guests at the event that he had to leave because he would be watching the musical “Hamilton.”

In his defense, Montano said he had been at the event since it started and he already saw the fashion show that designer Renee Salud was staging at similar events in the past.

“Napanood ko naman na kasi ‘yung fashion show na ‘yun ni Renee Salud, so I think tapos na ang trabaho ko,” he said.

For Montano, the presentations of entities such as the Philippine Airlines on tourism are enough for guests to be enticed to visit the Philippines.

“‘Di naman ako ang titingnan doon eh. Ang importante na-present na namin lahat. Ginawa ko ang trabaho ko,” he said.

Montano was supposed to take the lead in promoting tourism at the event in the absence of then-Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo.

He denied he was the keynote speaker, despite the invitation naming him as one of the event’s organizers since it was jointly mounted by the TPB and the Department of Tourism.

“Hindi po ako ang keynote speaker. This event is not about my speech. It’s about the cultural fashion show, it’s about the presentation of Philippine Airlines, it’s about the presentation of TPB about untapped destinations na pwede nilang puntahan dahil nagsara na ang Boracay,” Montano said.