Former Mexico Mayor Teddy Tumang has revealed that nearly P2 billion flood-mitigating projects had been constructed in Mexico town alone under the office of Rep. Aurelio “Dong” Gonzales Jr. (3rd Dist.-Pampanga) since he was elected in the House of Representatives.
“Ang alam ko kasi kapag flood control maganda ang pagkakakitaan diyan e. Ang alam ko si Punong Barangay (Terence Napao) ay mag rerequest pa ng physical audit, full blow investigation para mapatunayan na ang sinasabi ni ABC ay totoo,” said Tumang.
Tumang was referring to the complaint of Barangay Sto. Cristo, Mexico village chief Terence Napao, currently the president of the Association of Barangay Chairmen in Mexico town, who has lodged graft charges at the Ombudsman against Rep. Gonzales, San Fernando City Councilor Aurelio Brenz; Aurelio III; Provincial Board Member Alyssa Michaela; and Aurelio Michaline, along with Zenaida Quiambao, company director.
Three DPWH officials were also included in the graft charges and they were identified as Ignacio Evangelista, chairman of the Bids and Awards Committee; Anna Marie Tayag, BAC Secretariat; and Arthur Santos, BAC vice chairman.
Tumang met with members of the Central Luzon Media Association Pampanga Chapter and the Pampanga Press Club on Wednesday at Dencio;s Restaurant in the City of San Fernando to brush off alleged links with the illegal drugs seized in Barangay Malino, Mexico recently.
Some 530 kilos of shabu worth P3.6 billion had been seized at the Port of Subic last month and forwarded to a warehouse in Mexico town under a controlled delivery. The warehouse is owned by a certain Willy Ong.
Tumang has reiterated that “less than P2 billion worth of flood mitigating projects were constructed in Mexico town alone.” He furthered: “Kasi sa mga program ng mga flood controls na iyan ay 6 meters yung sheet file. Pinutol ang mga sheet file, ginawang 3 meters nalang.”
“Kapag inimbestigahan ito lilitaw kung paano dinaya yung trabaho,” said Tumang. “Yung isang project ang alam ko P264 million, malamang ang sheet file doon mga P150 million.”
Tumang has also asked Rep. Gonzales to “step down as Senior Deputy House Speaker out of delicadeza” following the complaint lodged against him by Napao.
“Dapat lang para magkaroon ng patas na imbestigasyon. For delicadeza dapat lamang siyang bumaba para walang masabi ang tao na naiimpluwensiya ang integridad ng Kongreso,” said Tumang.
Napao said Gonzales and his family construction firm cornered infrastructure projects amounting to P611,577,718.40 allegedly in cahoots with some DPWH officials. The infrastructure are mostly flood-mitigating projects.
The Gonzales owned the construction firm A.D. Gonzales Jr. Construction & Trading Co., Inc.
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