Braganza on raps: What plunder?

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DAGUPAN CITY—Alaminos City Mayor Hernani Braganza said the supposed P4.7-billion plunder case filed against him and other city officials by a group of incumbent and former barangay chairs in his city was not only absurd and ridiculous, but a bum steer.

In a news conference here on Wednesday, Braganza said he could never have misused P4.7 billion of the city’s funds because Alaminos’ budget for eight years that he has been serving as mayor reached only P2.4 billion.

“If the loan from the government bank is included, the total money that passed through the city while I was mayor was only P2.7 billion. Even if I pocketed all of that money, it is still below the [almost] P5 billion that I am accused of plundering,” he said.

“It was a bum steer. The village chairs, our journalist friends from Manila were taken for a ride,” he said.

The complaint against Braganza, who is challenging reelectionist Gov. Amado Espino Jr., came after the governor was charged with plunder at the Ombudsman in December for his alleged involvement in the operations of the illegal numbers game “jueteng” in the province and for allegedly accepting payoffs from jueteng operators.

The plunder and malversation of public funds charges filed against Braganza stemmed from the alleged misuse of a P300-million loan taken out in 2007 and a multimillion-peso budget for the construction of an airport.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5STEU22AD7YRHQSB6RE56ZDSYA J

    Mababait talaga lahat ng polituku dahil yung gawa nila ang mangupit hindi masama sa kanilang pagiisip. Ok lang at handa nilang pagtakpan ang paniniwalang yun sa pagsisinungaling.

    Normal na pagiisip nila na habang nakaupo kailangan bawiin at tumubo pa ang ginastos noong nakaraang election.

  • LucianoChing

    A dose of ones’ medicine?

  • rouelcalzita

    Mr. Braganza it’s old melody…I don’t believe, no politician in the hell of world w/c is honest.

  • imongredneck

    If it walks like a duck, sounds like a duck, and looks like a duck, then it is a duck. So,plunder it is.

  • swizcheez333

    Ako ay hindi taga Pangasinan but I am a regular visitor of Alaminos website and I have come to admire  Mayor Braganza for his dedication, good things  he has done for his town. Kahit  sa abroad nai promote niya ang kanyang bayan and he is able to ask for donations for Alaminos galing sa ibang bansa.
    Isa pang  maganda sa Alaminos ay  may official  website which I wish na my home town  sa Pampanga ay magkaroon din na katulad nang kay Mayor Braganza   na naka detalye ang  lahat lahat, projects, gastos, budget,kung magkano ang kinita nang bayan( revenues) papaano at kanino kukuha nang permit or personal document. Kung may bagyo at apektado ang Alaminos , 24 hour silang on duty posting on FB kung anong nangyayari at ang mga alaminians sa buong mundo may live news sila thru facebook. Malalaking projects ang na ipundar niya.. isang University na mababa ang tuition para sa mahihirap, isang Medical Complex which includes a hospital and other treatment facitlities, on top of that ang Hundred Islands malaki ang kita, napasikat niya, marami ang influx nang tourist ngayon. It is sad to see that instead of bringing up all the things this man accomplished paninira ang nasa news. Sana ang mga bumoboto hindi magpapadala sa yaman nang isang kandidato, kundi sa talino, dedikasyon, sa mga  ebidensiya na naitala habang nakaupo sa posisyon.Tandaan lang natin —-  Kapag ibinenta mo  ang iyong  boto  parang ibinenta mo na rin ang kinabukasan mo.

  • Garo Ungaro

    The slow wheel of JUSTICE is turning…no question about…The problem is who is at the wheel of JUSTICE…? will the right offenders be charged/prosecutive/convicted?….or its just a show ?…..a peso/P4.7B is all but the same its the MONEY OF THE PEOPLE……..

  • NAGMAMARUNONG

    HARAPIN MO!!!

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