'Frustrated' Tourism employees file complaint against Cesar Montano

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 12 2017 08:24 PM | Updated as of Mar 14 2017 08:26 PM

Cesar Montano during the miting de avance of Rodrigo Duterte in Luneta last May 2016. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

MANILA -- Employees of the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), an attached agency of the Department of Tourism, have filed a complaint against their chief operating officer, Cesar Montano, for entering into alleged questionable contracts and nepotism.

The complaint, submitted to the Presidential Action Center, listed 30 several alleged misdeeds of Montano such as appointing his relatives into positions whose functions are similar to those of incumbent employees, as well as unprofessional behavior.

Among Montano's alleged misdeeds was the approval of a P11.2-million contract with a production company that had tapped him and his as guest performers.

The complainants said Montano also paid the same production firm P16.5 million in connection to a rally of President Rodrigo Duterte's supporters at Luneta park in Manila last February 25.

Montano, the complainants noted, also performed in the Luneta rally.

The board also complained of paying for Montano's trips, which they say were not related to his work as chief operating officer.

Montano, a vocal supporter of Duterte, was appointed to head the TPB late last year.

He refused to comment on the complaint yet, saying he would seek the advice of his lawyers first.

The TPB is tasked with domestic and international promotions for the Department of Tourism. It was previously headed by marketing veteran Domingo Ramon Enerio III. -- reports from Primy Cane, ABS-CBN