Councilor denies collecting P1M from City-A A +A
Thursday, January 24, 2013
ANGELES CITY -- A councilor here has denied reports that he is collecting some P1 million from the City Government representing reimbursement for his dental missions last year.
Councilor Alfie Bonifacio, a candidate for vice mayor here, said the funds were submitted as program design for medical and dental mission last year that was never implemented and consummated.
“Program la reta keng medical among dental mission keng Barangay Day an ning city government,” Bonifacio said.
He added that Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan just wants to intensify dental health awareness.
Bonifacio admitted that he prepared the program for the dental mission, but clarified that there were no cash involved. “Ala kung dapat singilan keng City Government.”
The official also clarified that no funds from the City Government were disbursed to his other projects, including the distribution of free tents and free medicines, among others.
He said that a Samsung laptop and a cellphone were issued to him by the City Government but the gadgets will be returned after his term as councilor on June 30, 2013.
“Alang menibat keng city government aside from the gadgets utilized for legislative works, which were used in creation of revenue and investment codes of Angeles City,” he said.
Bonifacio added that he never handled or held government funds. “Eku tatalan government funds para i-liquidate ku lang sarili ku,” he said.
Office funding of councilors are subject for approval by the vice mayor, he added.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on January 25, 2013.