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Iwas sibak! Cesar Montano heeds Berna Romulo Puyat’s Monday deadline for resignation


Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Chief Executive Officer Cesar Montano has resigned from his post. Montano handed in his resignation letter Monday (May 21), which was the deadline given to him by Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo Puyat to quit.

The actor said his resignation is effective immediately.

In the letter, Montano told President Rodrigo Duterte that he is leaving TPB “in faithful adherence to duty as a public servant.”

Politiko reported that Puyat would’ve fired Montano had he failed to tender his courtesy resignation.

Montano has come under fire over the TPB’s P80-million payment to the organizer of “Buhay Carinderia,” a project which will feature street food and roadside eateries.

Marylindbert International, the project proponent, received the payment even before “Buhay Carinderia” started. This goes against the usual practice of paying organizers in tranches, with the final installment being given after the project ends.

Politiko also revealed that Montano rushed his speech at an event sponsored by the TPB and DOT in New York so he could watch a musical.

Aside from the questionable payments to “Buhay Carinderia,” TPB is also facing scrutiny for shelling out P3 million for a fun run that turned out to be a flop and P15 million for a boxing-related event.

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