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New SBMA chair to look into anomalous deals

Incoming SBMA chairman and administrator Martin Dino has vowed to investigate the alleged anomalous transactions entered into by the past administration following report that this was disadvantageous and cheated the government of millions of pesos.

Even before he could assume the chairmanship and administratorship of SBMA, Dino called for a press conference last Saturday wherein he stated his programs to ease traffic congestions in Manila by giving priorities on the transferring of container vans from Manila’s port to Subic.

But he said he will also prioritize the investigation of alleged anomalous dealings by the past administration in forging contracts with private imvestors and traders operating in SBMA, thereby cheating the government.

But this was denied by concurrent chairman and administrator Roberto Garcia.

“Contracts are board approved and I welcome any investigation that will prove that such contracts are not anomalous and are above board,” said Garcia.

Garcia’s designation as chairman expired last July but his administratorship will expire next year.

He told this writer earlier that he will better resign as administrator if his chairmanship will not be extended by President Duterte.

Garcia is banking on his accomplishment during his stint for giving more than P1 billion income to the national coffers, claiming this was the first time that SBMA has earned a big amount of money and providing tens of thousands of jobs. (Mar T. Supnad)