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Gabunada drops hefty DOF contract

Nicanor Gabunada, the former social media strategist for President Rodrigo Duterte who has been linked to a network of fake pro-Duterte Facebook pages, has declined a contract offered by the Department of Finance following criticism.

The DOF had awarded Gabunada a P909,122.40 six-month contract to help the government’s public awareness campaigns for pending economic bills and proposed capital market development reforms.

In a message to ABS-CBN, Gabunada said: “I did not push through with it,” without elaborating.

Reacting to news reports highlighting his affiliation with the shuttered FB pages, Gabunada said: “It is unfortunate malice was imputed.”

But the DOF earlier said the decision to hire Gabunada was “legal and aboveboard.”

Topics: Nicanor Gabunada , Department of Finance , Rodrigo Duterte
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