3 Baciwa directors to file raps vs execs, employees

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014


THREE directors of Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa), including chairman Lawrence Villanueva, vice chairman Lorendo Dilag, and board secretary Marichi Ramos, said they will file charges against concerned water district executives and employees who caused their arbitrary detention last August 19.

The group is represented by their counsel Roger Reyes.

Last Tuesday, the three directors forced their way inside the Baciwa compound after Villanueva’s driver destroyed the padlock of the back gate and went inside the board room. Baciwa managers and employees then held a noise barrage to protest their presence.

The three directors said they were detained inside the board room for two hours thus they will file a case for arbitrary detention.

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"As shown in the television coverage, there were many employees who were outside wearing their uniforms. There were also people in another entrance. Their standard operating procedure is to use the back entrance in going to and from the board room,” Reyes said.

He added that a number of respondents will be charged because as shown in the photographs, there were at least 20 people at the back of the building alone.

The three directors, who passed a resolution that suspended general manager Juliana Carbon for 30 days earlier this month, said Carbon has “operational control of the office of Baciwa and her picture is an evidence of her involvement in the conduct of the noise barrage.”

When they held the noise barrage from 3:40 p.m. to 5:20 p.m., office operations was suspended, they said.

Since Carbon led the noise barrage, she can be charged administratively and criminally for work stoppage, they added.

Moreover, Ramos said that she “pulled all the strings” to get police assistance so they can leave the board room.

She first called city police officer-in-charge Senior Superintendent Pedrito Escarilla to report their situation but she did not get a response.

Then she decided to call police regional director Chief Supt. Josephus Angan who then contacted Escarilla. They were eventually able to leave the Baciwa compound through the assistance of Bacolod City Police Office personnel led by Escarilla.

Dilag also denied that it was Villanueva’s driver who destroyed the padlock.

Once again, Ramos said the issue is not about them but about the Baciwa consumers.

Their rights as board of directors are being trampled, she said.

Ramos accused Carbon of being “the root of all this mess.”

“She asked the help of the mayor and the priests. But is she giving the right information? If she wants to, we can engage in public debate," she added.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 26, 2014.

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