Makati gov’t denies overpriced cakes

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Friday, August 22, 2014


THE issue over the alleged overpriced cakes given to senior citizens in Makati City on special occasions (like birthdays or senior couples' silver wedding anniversaries) was not true, the Makati City Government said Friday.

City administrator Eleno Mendoza said the cakes were purchased at only P306.75 each and not P1,000.

Lawyer Renato Bondal said Wednesday in a Senate Blue Ribbon committee hearing that aside from the alleged overpriced Makati parking building, the Binays also sold cakes with an amount of more than P1,000 each.

The alleged overpriced cakes were more expensive than the cakes vended by the two of the country's known bakeshops, which cost only between P390 and P570 each, Bondal added.

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Mendoza, however, denied the allegations of Bondal. He said that they have the documents to show the actual cost of the cakes.

Makati spokesperson Joey Salagado said Bondal's accusation was a crude attempt to use the Senate as a platform "to raise malicious, baseless and non- existent allegation against the Binay family."

"The figure cited by Bondal is totally false. Our documents will prove that and we will submit these documents to the Senate Blue Ribbon committee," Mendoza said.

Meanwhile, Bondal said the Supreme Court would terminate his license if his documents were false.

Salgado also said the Makati government would want to see Bondal's documents proving his claim over the alleged overpriced cakes.

"We would want to see Mr. Bondal show documents to prove his claim that the cakes were priced at P1,000. The City Government has all the documents, and the purchases went through bidding as required by law," he said.

The investigation on the alleged P2.7 billion Makati City Hall 2 will resume on Tuesday. (Sunnex)

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