The Office of the Ombudsman dismissed for lack of probable cause the complaint filed by Councilor Carlos Jose Lopez against Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella, et al for allegedly delaying unreasonably the suspension of two employees of the Office of the Building Official.
Lopez filed an administrative case against Puentevella, former City Legal Officer Rayfrando Diaz II, Office of Building Official head Isidro Sun Jr. and building inspector Jose Maria Makilan for violation of Section 3 (e) of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, as amended in relation to alleged violation of Section 4 (e) of RA 6713, or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.
The resolution dated July 24 was signed by Graft Investigation and Prosecution Officer II Maria Regina Hagad-Fernandez, reviewed by acting director Euphemia Bacalso, and approved by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales..
Another vital witness has surfaced to implicate Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella, his son and executive assistant Rocky Puentevella, and Kasadya Bacolod Foundation chair Rhoderick Samonte to the illegal operation of the ukay-ukay business at the Bacolod public plaza last year.
Wilnor Jimenez de la Torre, who describes himself as the former “personal secretary/staff” of Rocky Puentevella, has submitted an affidavit to the Ombudsman, detailing the alleged involvement of the three in the ukay-ukay operation.
De la Torre executed his affidavit about two weeks after the principal witness, ukay-ukay operator Marife Fernandez, surfaced to declare, also in an affidavit, that she paid Rocky and the Kasadya Foundation for the special permit to operate the used clothes business at the plaza.
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BY JUDY F. PARTLOW & JUANCHO GALLARDE
An accident ended the life of a young champion motocross racer, son of a member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Negros Oriental, when his motorcycle collided with a four-wheeled vehicle at the national highway in Boloc-boloc, Sibulan town early yesterday morning.
Enzo Nikolai Teves, 16, of Barangay Talay in Dumaguete City, was declared dead at 3:58 a.m. yesterday by Dr. Idall Yurong, attending physician of Silliman University Medical Center Foundation Inc. He was the son of Arnulfo Teves Jr., Association of Barangay Captains Federation president, who sits as ex-oficio member of the Negros Oriental SP.
Initial police investigation showed that the silver metallic Ford Ranger, with plate no. FHU 267, was about to cross the highway going south to Dumaguete City from a gas station when, upon reaching the median line, Teves, who was on board a customized 125cc motorcycle coming from the opposite direction, going north, appeared and accidentally bumped the left side of the four-wheeled vehicle. .