A complaint has been filed against officials and employees of the Negros Occidental Provincial Engineer’s Office and their civilian cohorts for allegedly using public funds for the concreting of a private road in Barangay Tuguis, Hinigaran, in violation of the law.
The formal complaint was filed before Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. by Buenafe Parcon and Jose Mari Salvador.
The Provincial Legal Office has asked the Engineer’s Office to explain its side, Jose Ma. Valencia, chief of staff of the governor, said.
“As of now we do not believe that Provincial Engineer’s Office undertook the concreting without basis, we are looking into the mater,” Valencia said.
Valencia said it appears that the complaint also stems from a family dispute among the Colmenares siblings, he added.
The complainants said the concreting of a private road using government funds is in violation sections 335 and 336 of Republic Act 7160 of the Local Government Code of 1991, Article 220 of the Revise Penal Code and the Anti Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.
They said the road that was concreted is 150 linear meters in length and privately owned by B.M. Colmenares Corp., which leads to the fighting cock farm of former Board Member Angelito Colmenares.
The road concreting was done under the supervision of a certain Engineer Osorio of the Provincial Engineer’s Office, the complaint said.
The complainants asked the governor to have the matter investigated.
“We trust that you will not spare anyone who may be found guilty as a consequence of such investigation,” they said in their complaint.*CPG