Mayor pays fines to Capitol-A A +A
Thursday, March 14, 2013
ALOGUINSAN Mayor Augustus Caesar Moreno paid a P10,800-fine to the Provincial Government after his truck loaded with sand was intercepted and impounded in Toledo City for having no delivery receipt.
Moreno told Sun.Star Cebu he gave Joselito Alferez, the truck driver, money to pay the required fees. But he said the driver did not secure the requirements until he was caught.
After the penalties were paid, and after his truck was released, the mayor suspended Alferez.
Cebu Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office operatives apprehended the 10-wheeler truck in Ilihan, Toledo City last April 7 for hauling sand without a delivery receipt.
This violates Section 198 of Provincial Ordinance 2008-10, also known as Revenue Code of Cebu 2008.
Violators face an administrative fine of P10,000.
Moreno’s truck was initially impounded at the Toledo City Police Station, in the custody of PO3 Jerry Tablado.
Moreno’s representative Evangeline Manigos had gone to the Capitol and told Atty. Donato C. Villa Jr. of the Provincial Legal Office, the officer in charge of the case, that the mayor was willing to pay the penalties so his truck could be released.
All in all, the mayor paid P10,000 for the fine plus P750 to unload the truck’s cargo and P50 for the environment enhancement fee, or a total of P10,800.
Acting Gov. Agnes Magpale had ordered that “materials loaded and confiscated be dumped within the Toledo City Police Station compound to be used as evidence in court if necessary.”
The truck was released last March 8 yet.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 15, 2013.