MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Officer (PCSO) is in hot water for spending millions of pesos for its Christmas Party held recently at the plush Shrangi-la Hotel on EDSA.
Newly-appointed PCSO board member Sandra Cam, a.k.a. Whistleblower, was quoted in a report as claiming that the office shelled out P10 million for the party.
In reaction to the report, President Rodrigo Duterte said he will not allow extravagance in government.
But other officials of the PCSO — General Manager Alexander Balutan and Chairman Jose Jorge Corpuz — said that only P6 million of the original P14 million proposed budget was spent.
”Instead of being criticized for spending government funds on a lavish party, the two PCSO officials said their office should be praised and be given a medal for having saved millions of dollars — P8 million to be exact.
Moral of the story: you spend some, you save some.