Money for fiestas from our pockets – NPC

May 26, 2014 at 7:57 am Leave a comment


Former Pangasinan Fifth District Rep. Mark Cojuangco affirmed his support for fiesta celebrations in the barangays, saying these festivities afford the residents a time away from their daily routine and enjoy the fruits of their labor.

“Fiestas have been a tradition among Filipinos. It is a time for happy activities for the residents who have been working all year round,” Cojuangco said.

This is why the former congressman gives financial support to the barangays celebrating their annual fiestas, to help them defray the expenses needed for the fiesta activities.

Rosendo So, Cojuangco’s close friend and spokesperson, said the financial contributions they both give to the barangays come from their own pockets and not from any government offices.

“As you know, Cojuangco is the number one individual taxpayer in eastern Pangasinan as shown by records of the Revenue District Office of the Bureau of Internal Revenue in Urdaneta City. He can afford to give a little financial contributions to barangays,” So said.

He also said he himself gives a little financial donation to the barangays whenever he receives a solicitation letter from them.

“Whatever I give also comes from my own pocket,” So, known businessman in the sixth district, said.

He said he and Cojuangco are not violating any law, and could not be accused of using government money to give to the barangays.
“There is no law against giving monetary donations to the barangays, and even towns, which are celebrating fiestas,” he said.
On the other hand, he said, “barangay official have tell us that Board member Bince , when he donates some he have to let them sign, Is he reimbursing the amount to the province? Is this comes from what we pay in our Real Property Tax?
“If he really wants to help the barangay folk, He should spend his own money, not the government’s money,” So said.

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