NEWS: Brillantes twits P90-M Nabunturan bond float; It’s already 3-4 big projects for him


By Cha Monforte

Monkayo Mayor Manuel Brillantes Jr. has made sort of verbal sniping to the controversial P90-million bond flotation in Nabunturan when he recently remarked that the amount of which could already make up to three to four big infrastructure projects in his own municipality in today’s prices.

“Not only one but three to four,” he said to a question posed by the press.

He added though he was only estimating, taking into account the current high inflationary rates, and should not be misconstrued as intervening in the internal affairs of Nabunturan.

The question was posed as Brillantes made ostensible accomplishments in his own town after he has served for one three-year term and one year in his current second term as mayor in his town.

During this four-year period, Brillantes had completed through bank borrowings four sparklingly modern, high impact projects that include the P16-million new municipal hall, P16-million new municipal gym, P11-million new market building and P11-million solid waste management system.

In sum , he accomplished four big projects at a total of P54 million only, compared to the P90 million for only one public market building.

Observers said that even the old-time pioneers in the Monkayo have been surprised to see that their town’s poblacion has experienced great facelift under the leadership of Brillantes, who came only in Monkayo in the 80s from outside to join the gold rush in Diwalwal.

The Brillanteses are known to have big mining operations in Diwalwal. They started from the scratch of small scale mining during the heyday of the gold rush.

The mayor said that he always thinks and ponders in his study table at home on what to do to develop Monkayo.

He said that when he decides it’s always well thought and deeply reflected especially the on repercussions of the project to his people.

Asked on what made him make Monkayo as it is now, “because I am not a trapo (traditional politician),” he shot back.


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