BACOLOD CITY – City Councilor Al Victor Espino and acting city director, Police Lt. Col. Levy Pangue, answered allegations against them on claims by a Manila-based event organizer who claimed she was owed at least half a million pesos for a charity basketball game here last October.
Espino, who chairs the committee on peace and order, and Pangue both pointed out there was no agreement with alias Norma to pay for the talent fees of the actor-players brought in from Manila under an outfit called FPJ Productions.
Pangue said it was alias Norma who broached the idea to him of holding a benefit game for the Bacolod City Police Office from the proceeds of ticket sales for the event later billed as Team Promdi versus Artistahing Bacolenos here in time for the MassKara Festival.
It was held on 26 October 2019 at the University of St. La Salle Coliseum here.
Pangue said the organizer, who identified herself as Rory Lumba, was part of a group called “FPJ Ang Probinsyano” that goes around the country organizing events for the benefit of policemen.
“I was designated by the city director to meet her,” Pangue said in a news conference today, 11 December.
The agreement, Pangue said, was a 70-30 split between the city police and the outfit, with the “FPJ Ang Probinsyano” getting the bigger share.
Eventually, however, Lumba said it was a big event and they could not afford to stage it.
Pangue offered to help by involving city officials, particularly Espino who chairs the committee on peace and order.
He added they turned over a total of P401,019 as part of the earnings from the ticket sales to Lumba.
“We did not even take our 30 percent share,” Pangue said.
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