Binay calls for Senate inquiry on Cesar Montano

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 14 2017 06:56 PM

A lawmaker has called for an inquiry on the corruption allegations against Tourism Promotion Board (TPB) officer, actor Cesar Montano.

Senator Nancy Binay on Tuesday filed Senate Resolution 326, calling for a probe into the allegations of TPB employees against the actor.

In her resolution, Binay noted the 24 irregularities and indiscretions allegedly committed by Montano.

Among the irregularities were:

  • an P11.2 million concert on January 18, where Montano performed with his nieces;
  • the hiring of his own staff including a stuntman, personal assistant, family friend and relatives with salaries ranging from P14,000 to P48,000;
  • misuse of Department of Tourism funds by demanding reimbursements of expenses; 
  • vacations during supposed official business trips.

Binay indicated in her resolution that the Blue Ribbon Committee and other appropriate committees may investigate, in aid of legislation, the allegations against Montano.

TPB employees submitted their complaint against Montano to the Presidential Action Center.

Montano on Monday denied the allegations, which he said were “baseless and untrue.”

President Rodrigo Duterte also said that he trusts Montano, and that the anonymous complainants should file a case against the actor, one of his campaign supporters.

"File a case, but I trust the guy kaya ko in-appoint yan," Duterte said.