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Mayor’s wife to file
raps vs. roomboy

BY GUILLERMO TEJIDA III

Criminal and civil charges are being prepared by Juana Montilla, the wife of Mayor Oscar Montilla Jr. of Sipalay City, Negros Occidental, against a roomboy who according to her is among those “responsible for maligning her name and reputation.”

Lawyer Jufran Gamboa, counsel for Mrs. Montilla, told the DAILY STAR yesterday that his client is denying reports that she allegedly manhandled Reynaldo Gregos, 44, an employee of their family-owned hotel, Sipalay Suites, in Barangay 1, Sipalay.

Gamboa said news that alleged she slapped the face, punched the nape, and threatened to have Gregas bitten by her dogs were dismissed by his client as “totally false, grossly exaggerated, and politically-motivated, designed to destroy the image of her husband mayor.”

Montilla narrated that in the evening of January 7, she called
the attention of Gregas on his failure to properly arrange the
beddings in her hotel, and even taught him how to properly place the
beddings as well as their covers as done by some hotels, the lawyer said.

On the night the following day, she again called the
attention of Gregas that the beddings and their covers were
again not properly arranged, despite instructions given the other night.

To her surprise, Mrs. Montilla said that Gregas allegedly answered back that he cannot be compelled to work because he was off duty at that time.

This prompted her to remind him that he can be dismissed from
work on the ground of insubordination, but Gregas replied he is not afraid
because he can always look for other jobs in Sipalay and even in
Bacolod City, the counsel said.

Immediately after uttering those words, Gregas left the hotel
premises and failed to report to work up to the present.
Montilla said that the claims of Gregas are “without factual basis and
the complainant did not even bother to report the incident to proper
authorities or the police.”

Mrs. Montilla said she has witnesses to disprove the allegations of
Gregas, and she is even aware that Gregas is being used by some people
who are out to malign her and his husband’s reputation, her counsel added.*GCT

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