Samar lawmaker defends Singson on bunkhouse issue

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte—Samar Rep. Mel Senen Sarmiento came to the defense of Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson in the controversy surrounding the construction of bunkhouses for typhoon victims in Eastern Visayas.

Sarmiento said he did not believe that the construction of the bunkhouses or temporary shelters was attended by irregularities.

“I don’t really believe that there was overpricing. To me, that is reasonable. Nowadays, the cost of construction has become expensive; even constructing a comfort room could be costly,” Sarmiento said in a telephone interview Wednesday.

Describing Singson as a man of integrity and a no-…

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