Ex-Pagcor chair explains P1B coffee expense in SONA, says P-Noy was misinformed
(SPOT.ph) Former Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) chair Ephraim Genuino clarified allegations about Pagcor’s "overpriced" coffee purchases during the Arroyo administration, reports ABS-CBN News. According to the revelation made by President Noynoy Aquino in his State of the Nation Address on July 25, Pagcor reportedly spent P1,007,408,908.86 on coffee in a span of 10 years. Genuino said that Aquino was misinformed.
Current Pagcor chair Bong Naguiat, who described the expense in a GMA report as "scandalous," "outrageous," and "offensively excessive," said his management only spent P36 million a year for 12 branches while Genuino used P100 million for seven. Genuino, however, maintained that Naguiat gave the President incomplete information. "Hindi naman sinabi ni Chairman Naguiat na ginamit 'yan sa 13 na casino. Ginamit ng 365 days 'yan. Almost 25,000 players ang gumagamit ng kape sa araw-araw (Chairman Naguiat did not say that the money was used for 13 casinos and in 365 days. Almost 25,000 players drink coffee everyday)," he said.
The Commission on Audit claimed that the coffee purchased by Pagcor from supplier Carlota Manalo-Tan was overpriced by 70 percent. According to the ABS-CBN report, Tan was a wife of Genuino’s son’s friend and required Pagcor to sell P50,000 worth of coffee everyday. She, however, maintained that her business was legitimate. Though no bidding took place, "I got this fair and square out of my merits as a person and I have a good brand to offer to Pagcor," she said. Tan believes that she should have been asked to explain before releasing negative press about her. She added that her attempts to meet the Pagcor management have been denied.
GMA News’ coverage on the overprice coffee scandal