Cesar Montano says Tourism board complaints ‘baseless, untrue’

Glaiza Jarloc

CESAR Montano denied all the allegations thrown against him by the "concerned employees" of the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB).

The actor said the complaints filed before the Presidential Action Center (PACE) last March 1 on the supposed irregularities committed by him as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the board are "baseless, wrong, and untrue".

Montano believes the complaint was a result of what he discovered in the TPB since he was appointed in December 2016 by President Rodrigo Duterte.

"Wala akong maidi-discuss. Yung complainant walang name, walang official tayong mapag-uusapan dito. Nothing on the table yet, so wala po," he said.

The TPB head added: "Siguro offshot lang ito ng na-dig natin o na-discover kong anomalies and irregularities dito sa opisina. So, offshoot lang ito."

Montano also said that he will speak on the anomalies that he discovered at a right time.

"I have to be transparent sa taongbayan. Kung ano yung totoo, sasabihin ko sa taongbayang and I will tell it to you very, very soon."

Montano made headlines this Sunday after the seven-page document lodged against him was made public.

It accused him of several irregularities while in office, including his supposed approval of several multi-million peso deals without the proper approval of the board.

The complainants also alleged that the actor hired friends, relatives and colleagues to be part of his team and that he charged his personal travels to TPB funds.

Montano was also said to have had difficulties understanding the works of the board and that he rarely reports to Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo on the direction and programs of TPB.

Another allegation thrown against him was his supposed approval for a P12 million sponsorship deal of James Reid and Nadine Lustre's US and UAE concerts this summer.

Jay Montelibano, vice-president for Sales and Production of Viva Communications Incorporated, in an official statement also denied their alleged sponsorship agreement with TPB.

"At best, all we have is a proposal. Until all approvals are obtained from the proper channels, any supposed sponsorship of the James Reid and Nadine Lustre (JADINE) tour is not binding on VIVA," he said.

Montelibano added: "Further, VIVA has not received any consideration from Tourism Promotions Board for the supposed sponsorship. Thus, no Tourism Promotions Board sponsorship of the JaDine tour will proceed." (SunStar Philippines)