My other mayor-source told me before: “Mortz, don’t quote me but you can write how transactions (in relations to projects funded by the loan) are done in the LGU (local government unit). Aside from the monies divided by the boys (vice mayor and members of the SP), the mayor gets immediately the 20 percent or P10,120,000 of the projects (from the still hypothetical loan I mentioned) like for instance from the P50,600,000 million loan (P55 million loans minus P4,400,000 for the boys equals P50,600,000) if the mayor gives it to his favored contractor, or he gets 30 percent or P15,180,000 after the project is done if he used a dummy contractor.
A ‘guilt-stricken” contractor relished my various expose’ in this column how government officials pocket public funds. “I read with interest how public monies are pocketed by public officials like those in DPWH, congressmen and mayors,” he told me. “Tell me your story when you conspired with them so God could pardon your sins,” I ribbed him. He told me that there was a P3 million fund for re-gravelling of road from the national government in a town in the 2nd Congressional District of Pangasinan. The mayor asked him how much he would give him in case he (mayor) asks for his service. “I give you P1 million.” The grateful town executive shook his hand for the conclusion of the negotiation. My contractor pal told me he got for himself the P1 million, while the remaining P1 million was deducted by P100 thousand for the municipal engineer who certified that the substandard project was above board, an average of P5 thousand to each of the barangay captains whose jurisdiction were beneficiaries of the project. “Iyong re-gravelling ang contractor spends only less than 30 percent of the total amount (It means less than P900 thousand from the P3 million budget- MCO),” he whispered to me.
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