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Alvarez denies hand in NBI
BY GILBERT BAYORAN

Rep. Mercedes Alvarez (Neg. Occ., 6th district) yesterday dismissed as baseless speculations that she may have had a hand in the transfer of National Bureau of Investigation Bacolod chief, Ferdinand Lavin.

“I am at the legislative branch of the government. I have no authority to reshuffle any at the government agencies, whatsoever”, Alvarez said.

“Whether he may be transferred or retained in his position, I don’t think that he can influence the case, since it was already at the Department of Justice,” Alvarez, said, referring to the charges filed against her brother, Ilog Mayor John Paul Alvarez, and father, Vice-Governor Genaro Alvarez, among others for the ambush-slay of Kabankalan Regional Trial Court Judge Henry Arles last year.

The Bacolod-NBI office headed by Lavin has filed charges against the two members of the Alvarez family with the DOJ, in connection with the killing.

Quoting newspaper reports, Rep. Alvarez said Lavin even admitted that his relief as Bacolod-NBI chief has nothing to do with politics, and formed part of the reshuffling of key personnel all over the country.

Lavin had said earlier that he believes his relief has nothing to do with the Arles murder case, otherwise he would consider it as unfair and tainted with malice.

Rep. Alfredo Benitez, who is supporting the gubernatorial bid of Vice Gov. Alvarez in the 2013 elections, also earlier debunked claims that he is interfering in the DOJ resolution of the Ales case, which is expected to be released soon.

Rep. Alvarez admitted that “We’re curious as to what would be the result of the resolution”, as they have been waiting for it since late last year.

“This is very hurtful to our family. We want to end this as soon as possible,” she said.

Rep. Alvarez, however, said that the real truth will soon come out that they had nothing to do with the incident.

“We are on the side of the truth,” she said.*GPB

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