Three Negros Occidental board members have pending unliquidated cash advances, a report from the accounting office of the provincial government shows.
The three are board members Emilio Yulo III - P60,459, Mae Javellana - P36,675 and Melvin Ibañez – P34,982.
Provincial Administrator Enrique Pinongan, however, said that all the board members need to do is to provide the supporting documents for the amounts that remain unliquidated.
The P60,459 balance of Yulo is for a cash advance he took for travel to Scotland to attend the regional conference of the World Jurist Association in May 2006, the report showed.
Yulo, an ally of Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez Jr. who is running against Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. for the top post of the province, said he was surprised that such information was being released everytime the Sangguniang Panlalawigan tackled the 2013 budget.
The SP, the majority members of which belong to the Alvarez camp, has refused to approve the budget, saying they want specifics on how it will be used.
Yulo said he thought the amount in question had been liquidated and that he will look into the matter.
The P36,675 balance of Javellana was for cash advances for travel to Manila in 2007.
Javellana told reporters she was surprised about the amount as she thought her technical assistant whom she had dismissed, had attended to the matter. She also said she will look into it.
Ibañez, who is running for vice governor under Marañon’s ticket, has a balance of P34,982 for travel cash advances made in 2007 and 2008. He could not be reached for comment as of press time.*CPG