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A regional director of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is facing corruption charges before the Office of the Ombudsman for allegedly throwing cash worth at least P2 million at a party.

Lopez, Quezon councilor Arkie Manuel Yulde accused DPWH Region 1 Director Ronnel Tan grave misconduct, corrupt practices, conduct unbecoming a public officer and involvement in partisan political activities.

Tan is married to Quezon Rep. Angelina “Helen” Tan, chairperson of the House of Representatives health committee.

In his complaint, Yulde claimed Tan “indulged in extravagant or ostentatious display of wealth” at a recent party he and his wife hosted at their home in Quezon.

“[T]wo mayors… had witnessed the respondent brought with him a box filled with cash estimated to be about P2 to 3 million. Due to his excitement, respondent shouted to the guest, ‘pag-agawan ninyo itong pera,’ then ‘threw the cash in the air’ such that the guest will be fighting over picking up as many cash they can get. The mayors said some guests got P100,000, other got P200,000,” the councilor claimed.

Yulde said the Tans also have a “huge house” at an exclusive subdivision in Quezon City where land costs P75,000 per square meter. Their property is reportedly 600 square meters big.

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