SAN FERNANDO, Philippines – The City of San Fernando in the Philippine province of Pampanga spent P5,528,170 ($117,582) out of its Special Education Fund (SEF) to let 2,479 public school teachers watch the stage version of the film,“Bituing Walang Ningning” at Resorts World Manila in October of 2015. This was according to findings by the Commission on Audit (COA).
The COA report indicated that the trip to Manila was part of the 2015 Teachers’ Day celebration, and was tagged as an out-of-town “Professional Enhancement Training.” Each teacher received an allotment of P2,230 ($47) as part of the activity.
Meanwhile, The Adobo Chronicles learned that during the same Teachers’ Day celebration, public school teachers in the province of Tarlac were treated to free local screenings of the movie, “My Little Bossings,” starring Senator Tito Sotto’s brother Vic, television host and then presidential sister Kris Aquino, and her son Bimby Aquino-Yap. (Tarlac is the hometown of the Aquinos).
It wasn’t clear if any public funds were used for the Tarlac film screenings or whether they were intended to be part of Sotto’s campaign for his Senate re-election bid. It wasn’t clear either if the screenings were intended by the Aquinos to garner votes for administration presidential candidate Mar Roxas. Roxas lost to Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte.