Angeles councilors – ‘experts’ in funeral business – back mayor’s cemetery project
Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, under fire for an alleged overpriced public cemetery project, has found support from two “experts” in the funeral industry.
Councilors Bryan Nepomuceno and Alex Indiongco have defended the city mayor’s plan to put up a modern public memorial park, saying the project cost of P110 million is reasonable.
Nepomuceno, whose family runs the local Holy Mary Memorial Park, said P110 million is not overpriced, considering the costs of putting up a cemetery complete with crematorium, columbarium, niches, four chapels, gardens and other amenities.
“As member of the council, I have carefully studied the loan and I have all the documents to prove the proposed plans of the city are very reasonable and admirable,” the councilor was quoted by Headline Gitnang Luzon.
Nepomuceno is Pamintuan’s running mate in next year’s elections.
This was echoed by Indiongco, a funeral parlor owner. He said Angeles, a first-class highly urbanized city, does not even have its own public cemetery for the poor.
“I don’t know why the council’s presiding officer (Vice Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting) is always looking at the negative to discredit the plans of the city,” Indiongco commented.
Cabigting, who will challenge Pamintuan for the mayoralty post in 2016, has questioned the loan being worked out by the city government for several projects, which include a P16-million fountain at a park in Barangay Sto. Rosario and the cemetery in Barangay Sapalibutad.
“We found out that the P16 million will be spent on a fountain alone! Ginto po ba ang lalabas sa fountain?! To top it all, P110 million will be used for the public cemetery! Sobra naman po ito! Why do we have to spend so much? May nag-donate naman po ng libreng lupa sa Sapalibutad para sa sementeryo, ” the vice mayor ranted in a Facebook post.
In response, Pamintuan called Cabigting “a loser”.
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