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Pwede bang mag-party nang walang raffle? Laviña says Tonyboy Floirendo can afford to give away P1M

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National Irrigation Administration (NIA) chief Peter Tiu Laviña has come to the defense of Davao del Norte Rep. Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr. after he drew flak for reportedly giving away P1 million in prize money at the Christmas party for members of the House of Representatives.

In a Facebook post, Laviña said Floirendo, son and namesake of the businessman known as the Philippines’ banana magnate, can very well afford to give pricey giveaways.

“Here in Davao, he is known to be lavish, generous, can afford and unpretentious,” he said.

Floirendo is listed as the biggest contributor to President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign, contributing P75 million.

Laviña said prizes are expected to be raffled off in any Christmas party.

“It was a Christmas party, what did the media expect? No gifts, no raffles, no prizes? KJ!”

Opposition lawmaker Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman earlier revealed that Floirendo gave a P1-million cash prize for the lawmakers’ party, which was divided into one individual prize of P500,000 and 10 prizes of P50,000 each.

Though he failed to attend the lawmakers’ party to which he had been invited to, Laviña said Floirendo’s colleagues had fun, especially since it was held on the eve of his birthday.

“I met members of the House the morning after and they shared with me the fun they had waiting for the strike of midnight to greet the returning Davao del Norte congressman,” he said.