An ex-Liberal Party chair in Western Visayas who opted from the party to support Sen. Grace Poe, revealed that P1.2 billion of Yolanda funds was paid to at least 36 celebrity endorsers of presidential bet Mar Roxas.
On Thursday, a congressman from Negros Occidental told local radio station DYLR Bacolod, that one of the reasons why he resigned from the party is the “lavish spending of people’s money”.
“Our local politicians who needed funds for their campaign were left behind because the party had prioritized Mar and Leni. The overspending on useless celebrity endorsements is just unacceptable”, the solon said.
Earlier, mar Roxas said celebrities who endorsed his candidacy are not paid and they are doing it voluntarily, but veteran showbiz talkshow host and reporter Cristy Fermin rebutted the claim, saying celebrities are paid as much as 20 million. Fermin cites Kathryn Bernardo as an example, who allegedly received 20 million – a move that allegedly angered INC that led to her expulsion from the powerful religious group.
Roxas celebrity endorsers includes mainly from ABS-CBN talents headed by Kris Aquino, Daniel Padilla, Kathryn Bernardo, Karla Abellana, and Ruffa Mae Quinto among others.
“We had no problem helping Mar. The problem is, we are spending people’s money that was intended for Yolanda victims, and we, here in Visayas cannot just tolerate that”, the congressman said. /Carla Gamboa – Bacolod/