Bacolod Councilor Carl Lopez yesterday said he is open to having the truck ban exemption issue investigated and denied having any intention to usurp the power of the Sangguniang Panlungsod or that of the Office of Mayor.
In an interview over Aksyon Radyo yesterday Lopez, said he had no bad intention in recommending to former Bacolod Traffic Authority Office head P/Insp. Benedicto Villarias, Jr. the exemption of 394 trucks that haul perishable agricultural cargoes.
He said Villarias was aware that this should undergo a process so he endorsed it to the Sanggunian Panlungsod and that what he wrote in the letter will need the concurrence of the SP and the Council can change it, he added.
As chairman of the SP Committee on Transportation and Traffic, he said many truck owners requested his office if their trucks can be exempted from the ban and that is why he wrote Villarias.
Lopez also denied having a hand in the printing of stickers for the truck ban exemption bearing the picture of Mayor Monico Puentevella. He has asked Ebreo for an investigation of who among their people had them made.
He said his letter was no big issue since it was not yet implemented so no damage was done.
Lopez said he will also have the matter investigated further and come up with a complete report on this.
Meanwhile, he said he is inviting the public to join the anti-corruption rally today at the Panaad Stadium in Mansilingan from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. together with the Office of the Ombudsman.*CGS