8 brand new Toyota cars worth P9 M for Tagum SP, police arrive; P80T discount bared

april 16, 2014

Eight brand new Toyota service vehicles bought earlier by City Mayor Allan Rellon at combined cost of more than P9 million arrived Monday morning in time of the session of the City Council.

The purchased fleet consisted of four units of Toyota Hilux 4×2/2.5, two units of Innova E 2.5, one unit of Innova J 2.5, and a Toyota Hilux J 2.5 patrol car .

Toyota Tagum Branch marketing professional Marjorie Asoy said in an interview that the City Hall purchased Toyota Hilux and Innova E units at “more than P1 million each”, and the Innova J unit and patrol car at “more than P900,000 each.”

“Toyota gave a discount of P10,000 for each vehicle,” or a total of P80,0000, she said.

She added that her Tagum branch ordered the units from Manila.

Six of the 8 units will be for the Sangguniang Panglungsod, while two units, the Innova J and the patrol car will be for the city police.

As the number of units allocated by the mayor is short to the 10 regular and 2 ex-officio members (indigenous people and associations of barangay captains’ representatives) of the City Council while the next batch of brand new vehicles would still be purchased, the SP members earlier made a consensus of assigning the 6 units “first to the last-termer and second-termer councilors as the basis, and then based on the ranking in the last elections, for the case of first-termer Councilor Eva Lorraine Estabillo,” said last-termer City Councilor Nicandro “Nickel” Suaybaguio, Jr.

“Mine would be in the next (batch). Unahon nato ang atong mga councilors,” Vice Boyet “Idol” Gementiza said in separate interview.

He added that the purchase of brand new vehicles is “in order and justified” considering that the City Councils members have been using old cars bought by former City Mayor Rey “Cee O” Uy that have been running for more than eight years already.

The 4 Toyota Hilux units were distributed for use of last-termer Councilors Francisco Remitar, Oscar “Doc Oca” Bermudez and Suaybaguio, and second-termer Councilor Tristan Royce “Bong” Aala, while the 2 Innova Es went to last-termer Councilor Allan Zulueta and first-termer Estabillo.

The City Council last Monday made a short break of their session for the turnover the vehicle keys with Toyota Tagum marketing representatives.

In the website of the Toyota Makati, the prices of the units are set at P1,142,000 to P1,196,000 for the Hilux pickups , P1,057,000 for the Innova E, and P887,000 for the Innova J.

“Details of prices provided here are subject to local conditions and requirements and may, therefore, vary from models available,” the website said. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)

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