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Pinerahan ang TPB! Cesar Montano spends P18M on flop fun run, boxing

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P320-million “Buhay Carinderia” appears to be just the tip of the iceberg insofar as questionable projects implemented by the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) is concerned.

Politiko learned that TPB, under the leadership of Chief Operating Officer (COO) Cesar Montano, spent a total of P18 million on a boxing sponsorship and a fun run that only a few people attended.

According to Politiko’s source, TPB paid P3 million last year for a fun run that will supposedly benefit overseas Filipino workers. The event, however, was a flop that a few people, including the organizers, participated.

TPB also shelled out a cool P15 million to sponsor a boxing related event. The catch: the board has yet to show proof that it took place aside from a tarpaulin.

Asked about these allegations, Montano told dzBB radio in an interview Friday that he will check the details of the projects.

He, however, maintained that he did not engage in corruption at TPB.

“Meron naman akong pera para mabuhay ako,” he said.

“Buhay Carinderia” became controversial because TPB issued payments P80 million to the organizer even if the project hasn’t started yet.

This goes against the usual practice of paying the proponent in tranches, with the last payment being made after the project is over.

TPB has reportedly earmarked P320-million for “Buhay Carinderia,” with the P80 million budget allotted for the Luzon leg alone.

The project was bagged by businesswoman Linda Legaspi’s Marylindbert International without public bidding.

Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo Puyat has suspended “Buhay Carinderia” and other TPB projects to be implemented by the board this year pending review by the Commission on Audit.