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November 22, 2022

Bonoan’s ‘unexplained poverty’: Sen. Imee Marcos, during the deliberations on the ad interim appointment of Manuel Bonoan as secretary of the Department of Public Works and Highways Tuesday, November 22, 2022, questions the P32 million receivables reflected in the latter’s Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) dated June 30, 2022. Bonoan explained that most part of the amount was unpaid pension for his retirement from private practice in San Miguel Corporation while the other was from private business. Marcos put the issue at rest as she expressed belief on the fitness of the nominee to the post. “While some have troubles with unexplained wealth, in the case of Secretary Bonoan, we joke in Ilocos Norte that he has unexplained poverty. I think that he is fit for the job in more ways than one, highly qualified,” Marcos said during the Commission on Appointments’ Public Works and Highways Committee meeting. (Bibo Nueva España/Senate PRIB)