A criminal and administrative complaint was filed against all members of the Negros Occidental Sangguniang Panlalawigan, led by Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez Jr., by the officers of the Progressive Alliance of Capitol Employees yesterday.
The SP members were charged for their failure to grant the fourth tranche of the provincial Capitol employees’ salary increases and their additional bonus.
Alvarez, when reached for comment, said “Welcome katama (it’s very welcome).”
The PACE affidavit-complaint was sent to the Ombudsman Visayas satellite office in Iloilo at 4:45 p.m. yesterday. The complainants said they are entitled to the fourth tranche of their salary increase as provided under Republic Act 6758 and implemented by Joint Resolution No. 4 of both Houses of Congress.
The fourth tranche of the increases that started in 2009 should have taken effect in January 2013, the complainants said in their complaint-affidavit, a copy of which was furnished the DAILY STAR by their president, Ruben Diamante.
In the last quarter of 2012, Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. submitted to the SP the proposed 2013 budget, that included the fourth tranche salary increases and P20,000 additional bonus of the Capitol employees, they said.
The proposed budget was disapproved by the SP in its entirety so no salary increase and bonus were granted at the start of 2013, the complainants added.
PACE, in representation of all the provincial Capitol employees, had pleaded to the SP to approve the budget but no action was taken, it added.
The SP has prejudiced its own employees in blatant and grave violation of Joint Resolution No. 4 and RA 6758, the PACE officers said.
Named in their complaint against the SP members, aside from Alvarez, are Helen Zafra, Pedro Zayco, Emilio Yulo III, Melvin Ibañez, Jose Benito Alonso, Mae Javellana, Manuel Frederick Ko, Patrick Lacson, Salvador Escalante Jr., Miller Serondo, Renato Gustilo, Nehemias de la Cruz, Thea Mae Dino, Raul Rivera and George Gitano.
Diamante said he filed the complaint with PACE officers Dino Gasendo, Renelo Lastierre, Leo Galvez, Alfredo Dinoy, Ma. Josefa Rosario Cabasac, Nimrod Sarmoy, Edmund Calaor, Rena Maurine Ga, Remy Grace Manalo and Neil Mapa.
“We have filed a case where the Ombudsman will have a large latitude of determining the appropriate administrative or criminal liabilities relative to the non passing of the 2013 annual budget vis.a.vis the implementation of the last tranche of the salary standardization law,” Lastierre said.
“It will resolve, once and for all, whether it is still discretionary for the Sanggunian not to pass the budget and therefore resulting to non compliance of the scheduled increase as mandated by law,” he added.*CPG