Lotto winner gives P10m as ’balato’ to town mates
“I was pleasantly surprised when one day, I was in my office, one of our employees came in and said, ‘Mayor, here’s your P5,000 [share],’” Borongan City Mayor Fe Abunda told dzMM radio on Friday. The jackpot winner, who took home over P470 million after taxes, also sent a check for P4.8 million to the City Treasurer’s Office so each city hall worker could also get P5,000 each. Previously described by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office as a middle-aged family man “galing sa masa” (from the masses), the winner was recently regularized as a city hall employee. He famously even needed to borrow money for fare to go to Manila to claim his prize at the PCSO head office in Manila, thus his gesture was not lost on at least 960 of his fellow workers―casual and permanent employees alike―who got a nice bonus on a regular payday. “We’re very thankful for [the person’s] generosity,” Emmanuel Balondo, the City Treasurer OIC, told ABS-CBN News, as Borongan’s employees excitedly lined outside his office window.