Monday, July 4, 2022

Falepau given a P1.9 million handshake

Former BMC Chief Executive Officer, David Falepau, was offered P1.9 million by government to silently resign from his post.

Addressing the Special Parliamentary Select Committee of inquiry into the maladministration of BMC through video conferencing over the weekend, Falepau claims to have declined different offers until he was offered P1.9 million as payment for his three-month notice.

“Through advice from my lawyers, I declined different offers until we settled for P1.9 million because I didn’t want to strain them anymore. I took the money and went straight back home to Australia,” said Falepau.

He said some top officials, particularly, the current Permanent Secretary  in the Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, Neil Fitt, were against him and wanted him to leave the organization.

He said Fitt, who was at that time the Agriculture Hub Coordinator and BMC board member, was jealous of him, and would not support anything he proposed but instead frustrated him all the time.

Falepau said he was aware of the claims that he was underperforming, adding that Minister Christian De Graaff and board members once convened an indoor meeting discussing his performance and he was later advised to resign but refused.

He said they then waited for him to commit a minor mistake and they took advantage of it to force him to resign.

He revealed  that the board was full  of certain individuals who wanted to satisfy  their own interests and never even bothered to support him to  turn around the BMC into a profitable entity but rather milk BMC of a lot of money.

“When I called for a forensic audit of the BMC, I got myself into big trouble because the audit was going to expose and embarrass some board members, and some top government officials,” said Falepau.

But on Thursday, when appearing before the committee, De Graaff assured the committee that the current CEO had been tasked to carry on with the audit and the results should be expected very soon.

Falepau, however, said BMC could have sued the minister and the Department of Veterinary Services for de-listing from the EU lucrative markets.

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