DAVAO City Councilor Nilo Abellera Jr. denied the existence of “AAA” group in the City Council whose members have been rumored to have received “thank you” money from a real estate developer amounting to P1.5 million.
Councilor Nilo Abellera, City Council committee on trade and commerce chairman, is tagged as among the “AAA” councilors together with Councilors Bernard Al-ag, chair of City Council committee on medium-end housing, and Victorio Advincula Jr., former floor leader.
The best thing to do is that the person who spread the rumor must also specify who among the councilors are involved. I deny any involvement or to have asked or demanded from any developer,” Abellera told Sun.Star Davao in a text message.
Abellera said it will be unfair for the members of the City Council whose first or family names start with letter A.
Both Al-ag and Advincula refused to comment when asked about the “AAA” issue.
The issue stemmed from a Development Permit issued by the City Council to a real estate developer last month.
Right after the issuance of the Development Permit, text messages detailing the alleged bribery proliferated.
Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte earlier admitted having received the same text message from an anonymous sender informing her of the alleged bribery.
The Office of the Ombudsman in Mindanao has already initiated an investigation to look into the alleged bribery report involving some city councilors. SUNSTAR DAVAO