Straight News, Smart Views|Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Radiomen trade barbs on fuel slip 

Bombo Roxas DYJJ IBC

ROXAS City, Capiz – Two broadcast journalists here are in the middle of a verbal tussle because of a gasoline vale (credit) slip.

Melvin Galagate, OIC-station manager of DYOW Bombo Radyo here, accused Nelson Lozano of IBC-DYJJ of using government property for personal use.

Galagate claimed that he caught Lozano using a gasoline credit slip issued by Roxas City Administrator Gilbert Tan.

Galagate reported the incident in his program Zona Libre, insinuating that Lozano’s use of the fuel slip was irregular and illegal.

Lozano, who used to be a consultant at the City Hall, personally went to DYOW Bombo Radyo to clarify his side and justify the use of the fuel credit slip.

Lozano claimed that the gas slip was given by the Roxas City Government as “support” for a livelihood skills training and free medical-dental mission program initiated by a non-government organization for coastal folks of Brgy. Dumolog last September 26-28.

Lozano provided the station with a copy of the solicitation letter which was received by the City Mayor’s Office on September 17.

As member and designated local organizer of the group, he solicited help from the city government.

City administrator Tan responded by providing gasoline for the transportation of doctors and dentists involved in the free medical-dental mission.

Since the activity fell on a weekend, Tan was unable to provide cash. He instead gave Lozano the gasoline credit slip.

Lozano said that anyone can solicit financial or material support from the government. He even claimed that Galagate once solicited financial support from the city government to pay for his hospital bills.

Galagate denied asking or receiving financial help from City Hall.

Lozano said the issue raised against him is a “result of irresponsible reporting, conduct unbecoming and unprofessionalism” of Galagate.

Tan’s office said the support they extend to all worthwhile programs of non-government organizations should not be given malice.

Tan said that the City Government will not grant fuel assistance in form of credit for personal use. - By: Felipe V. Celino / The Daily Guardian

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