Benitez to announce probe findings in BTAO ‘altercation’

Posted by watchmen
October 31, 2023


By Mae Singuay

Bacolod City Councilor Al Victor Espino and a job order casual employee from the Bacolod Traffic Authority Office (BTAO) will meet with Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez today in relation to the recent alleged gun threat incident.

“After a closed-door meeting with them [today], after all the information and investigation, I will announce the findings,” Benitez said.

“Kun sin-o ang maigo, sorry na lang. That is how it will be. Wala sacred cows sa aton natindugan,” he added.

Espino and BTAO building guard Abner Salvallon will have a dialogue with Benitez following the alleged gun threat incident at the BTAO premises on October 18.

Earlier, the Sangguniang Panlungsod passed a resolution, creating an investigative body to inquire into the alleged illegal and corrupt practices at BTAO.

Resolution 921 cited several reports regarding the alleged illegal activities conducted by the BTAO.

The common allegations include the releasing of impounded vehicles beyond the 3:00 p.m. cut off, as the City Treasurer’s Office reports back to the Bacolod City Government Center.

Salvallon filed a criminal charge against Espino before the court.

He is eyeing filing administrative charges against the city official before the Department of the Interior and Local Government following the incident.

For his part, Espino denied threatening Salvallon with a gun, in the presence of BTAO head, Police Major Junji Liba.

Espino said he went to the BTAO because of the alleged corruption incident./MS, WDJ


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