MABALACAT CITY -- Members of the Mabalacat Aeta Tribal Association (Mata) are asking their chairman to liquidate some P23 million derived from their P16,000 daily average quarry collection at the Clark Freeport subzone.

Larry Lingay, who is also claiming the headship of the association, told Sun.Star Pampanga that Robert Serrano failed to account for the funds, which accumulated since 2013.

Lingay claimed that he preceded Serrano by virtue of an election in November 2013.

He said the funds were supposedly used for various programs, which will benefit the Aeta communities in the villages of Calumpang, Marcos Village and Macapagal Village.

Serrano, for his part, said that their revenues from quarry collections are intact and all accounted for.

He also hit back at Lingay saying that the election the latter called in 2013 is illegal because the Aeta Council of Elders were not properly informed.

Vice-Mayor Christian Halili said they called for a committee en banc hearing to mediate and resolve the issues between Serrano and Lingay.

Halili said the funds should be used in implementing programs to alleviate the plight of the cultural minorities in the city’s upland villages.