Capitol consultant on security matters Byron Garcia lashed out at ABS-CBN for the failure of the Pinoy Big Brother management to fulfill its promise to give donations to the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center inmates.
Garcia said that had he not aired his complaint through ABS-CBN Cebu reporter Joelene Bulambot last Saturday, the Pinoy Big Brother management would not have acted on it.
“Midagan na ang panahon, gikalimtan na nila ang ilang promise nga mo-donate sila. The inmates were asking na kung asa na ang ilang donations. Di ko gusto nga ako ang madudahan nga gibulsa na nako ang ilang donation,” Garcia said.
Last Sunday, PBB housemates were shown packaging towels and toiletries for the CPDRC inmates.
Last November 9, PBB staged a concert at the CPDRC and charged P1,000 per ticket for the benefit of CPDRC inmates, some of whom also performed with the housemates.
About 150 people were allowed in after paying P1,000 each.
In a letter, PBB production manager Mary Benitez informed Governor Gwendolyn Garcia that they will be shipping the towels and toiletries for the CPDRC inmates today and it is expected to arrive within two to three days.
“Talk is cheap. Promises are made to be broken. Unya ra ko moto-o kung naana gyud,” Byron said upon reading the letter, he threatened to seek a congressional inquiry if ABS-CBN will have an adverse reaction to his complaint.
“Drama ra kaayo. Giilad gyud ta. I want ABS-CBN Manila to know, don’t mess with the Cebuanos kay ang mga Cebuanos dunay mga utok,” he said.
The CPDRC inmates gained international fame last August when they danced to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”, a performance shown over YouTube. It got more than a million views weeks after it was posted, eventually reaching 8.2 million hits as of November 8.
Byron earlier said that he was glad that PBB decided to make the CPDRC the recipient of the proceeds of the celebrities’ concert. Though he welcomed the cash donation, he said he prefers PBB donate goods instead since a cash donation still has to go through the provincial treasurer’s office before it reaches CPDRC.
CPDRC inmates have a budget of P30 per day for their meals but there is no government budget for toiletries.
MITCHELLE L. PALAUBSANON/BRP