Roxas city council asked to probe city vice mayor
ROXAS City, Capiz—Members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) here were been asked to conduct an investigation on their presiding officer, Vice Mayor Ronnie Dadivas for alleged malicious and slanderous accusations against Mayor Alan Celino.
In his letter to all city councilors dated Oct. 27, 2014, Celino said that Dadivas should be investigated for his “sweeping allegation” of corruption against the Tricycle Franchising and Regulatory Unit (RFTU), particularly the alleged selling of tricycle franchises to some individuals.
Dadivas implicated Celino and his son to the alleged tricycle franchise scam.
Dadivas showed photocopies of the supposed spurious franchises.
“Perusing from said document, the case number reflected, as per records, was issued in the year 2008 and can no longer be validly issued for the year 2014. It bears stressing that the anomalous transaction was orchestrated by perpetrator who is not connected with TFRU. No further substantiation he adduced to relate me with the wrongdoer, yet he persisted in his sham accusation against me,” Celino said.
“As second higher official of Roxas City, not to mention being a lawyer himself, would level such libelous imputations against me without evidence at all except for his concoction and falsity. His misdemeanor as such constitutes conduct unbecoming public officer and must be dealt with pursuant to law,” the mayor added.
A “graduating vice mayor,” Dadivas is reported aiming for the mayor’s office in 2016 against Celino who has one more term left.
The two belong to the ruling Liberal Party (LP).
Dadivas is also under investigation by his own colleagues for creating a committee of the whole sans approval of the majority of the council members.
City Councilor Julius Abela, committee on laws chairman, said he will initiate the probe on Dadivas’ alleged illegal act which violated the SP’s House Rules and Procedure.
A former Regional Trial Court judge, Abela said Dadivas formed a committee to investigate the alleged “sale” of tricycle franchise to some individuals.
Abela said the committee was created made without any motion by any councilor and approval of the majority.
“Dadivas was also acting as chairman of the committee of the whole even if he has no committee chairmanship at the city council. His (Dadivas) position as vice mayor is merely to preside the session and not to act as chairman of any committee,” he said, adding that he will recommend the suspension of the vice mayor.
Dadivas convened on Monday last week the committee of the whole to investigate the alleged irregularities on tricycle franchises. Only four councilors identified with the vice mayor’s faction attended the hearing.
TFRU head Mariano Layno said he did not attended the hearing because “the committee was illegal and the outcome of the investigation will be illegal, too.”
Layno said he never got fair treatment and respect from the vice mayor.
The vice mayor urged Layno to resign from office should he found irregularities in the issuance of tricycle franchises
“My family and my friends are saddened because of the unsavory words I received from Dadivas,” he added.
In return, Layno has challenged Dadivas to resign should he failed to find evidences linking him to irregularities at TFRU.
On Wednesday last week, Herald Artates admitted over RMN-DyVR-Roxas that he was behind the irregularities In selling tricycle franchises.
Artates said the transaction was done outside city hall without the knowledge of the city officials.
In an interview with anchormen Joven Anisco and Jessie Llegue over “Straight to the Point” program, Artates cleared the names of Mayor Celino, Jericho Celino and Layno of the anomalies. He apologized to the officials and the people he victimized.
He added that he is willing to come out and face the consequences of his actions. By: Felipe V. Celino / The Daily Guardian