Credit to Author: jespinosa| Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2019 05:50:49 +0000
MANILA, Philippines — The House of Representatives on Wednesday finally turned over P8-million worth of cash to the Philippine National Police (PNP), completing its P13-million share in the P50-million bounty for the speedy resolution of Ako Bicol Rep. Rodel Batocabe’s murder.
House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Negros Occidental 3rd District Rep. Alfredo Benitez, and Leyte 1st District Rep. Yedda Marie Romualdez personally handed over the P8 million cash to PNP Director General Oscar Albayalde. The chamber had already given an initial P5 million to PNP.
President Rodrigo Duterte, after giving his P20 million share in the bounty, earlier hit the House, claiming it failed to produce the P30 million cash they had promised.
But Benitez, who led the fundraising for the cash reward in the House, clarified that only P13 million would be coming from lawmakers, while a separate P15 million and P2 million would be given by the Ako Bicol party-list and the province of Albay, respectively. /je