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Big Chill, CafeFrance win

Big Chill and CaféFrance boosted their playoff bids following lopsided wins yesterday in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

Former Jose Rizal University standout Jeckster Apinan scored 15 points as the Superchargers outclassed Cagayan Valley, 89-75, while Mon Abundo scored 10 of his 17 points in the third quarter as the Bakers crushed Wangs Basketball, 64-48.

Reil Cervantes added 13 markers while former University of Cebu guard Brian Heruela posted his third double-double of the conference with 13 points and 10 assists as Big Chill improved to 8-1 for second place in the standings.

More importantly, Big Chill kept its bid for one of the two outright semifinals berths.

Meanwhile, CaféFrance hiked its record to 6-3 for sixth place in the 14-team tournament.

ed by a number of questionable expenses and irregular moves.


Among these are the excessive hiring of causal or contractual employees that cost the municipality P57.76 million, supply contracts worth P25.98 million without any public bidding, and indiscriminate grant of donations or financial assistance totaling P18.8 million.

“The expenditures… were beyond the needs of the (municipal government) and therefore could not pass the test of prudence,” COA stressed.

According to COA the budget not allocated for Personal Services were tapped for the salaries of job order or contractual personnel so that P35.8 million was taken from maintenance and other operating expenses.

The repairs and maintenance — other structures also contributed over P5 million; P9.395 million from salaries and wages — casuals and P1.64 million from “subsidies to national government offices”.

COA audit examiners chided the local government unit after noting that that there were JO personnel who could not be accounted for due to non-submission of Personal Data Sheet (PDS) even after the Human Resource Management Office conducted a head count.

COA recommended that the LGU immediately stop the practice to save its funds and avert a worse funding deficit.