Gamboa-Chua rift intensifies

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Monday, May 5, 2014


THE rift between Bacolod City Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr. and businessman Crispin Chua regarding the North Bound Terminal has intensified after Chua filed seven counts of libel case against the councilor.

Chua said his credibility and reputation in Bacolod City were greatly eroded by the accusation of Gamboa, repeatedly calling him a “pathological and congenital liar” over several radio stations in the city.

Chua said Gamboa’s public interviews have spawned several written articles in local newspapers causing further embarrassment to him and his family.

“The pain, anguish and shame I have suffered for all that Gamboa has done to me through media interviews were so devastating that I have not slept and worked for weeks,” he said.

Chua said he requested the prosecutor to subpoena hard copies of all recorded interviews of Gamboa between January 17 and April 4, which are in the custody of four radio stations.

He added that National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) legal officer Joselito Quirao directed the radio stations in April 7 to provide him taped copy of the interviews they have conducted with Gamboa.

However, Gamboa denied Chua’s accusation, saying: “I did not remark that Mr. Chua is a pathological and congenital liar in ‘jest’ or as an emotional reaction. It was a fair, honest and true description of him. I uttered those words in good faith and in the exercise of my function as a public official to drive a point.”

Gamboa added the libel case filed against him by Chua is pure harassment and a diversionary tactic.

Such cases were aimed to divert public attention away from his numerous violations in building the North Bound Terminal, the councilor said.

Gamboa, the author of City Ordinance 46 for the establishment of the New North Bound Terminal, said he knows everything that had been undertaken from the time of the terminal’s conceptualization, inception, and until the project was pursued and awarded to Chua.

“I stood for the principle of good governance as espoused by the administration of Bacolod City Monico Puentevella. I relentlessly pursued the review of the contract entered into by the City Government of Bacolod and Mr. Crispin Chua which allowed him to build the terminal but its structures conclusively defrauded and short changed the people of Bacolod,” the councilor said.

The ordinance aimed to decongest the city’s traffic and create growth centers within the vicinities of the terminal, Gamboa added.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on May 05, 2014.

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