‘Ukay-ukay’ woman incriminates Puentevalla, son

THE woman who organized the sale of “ukay-ukay” (used clothing) at Bacolod Public Plaza in April 2014 has re-surfaced and incriminated Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella and his son Executive Assistant Rocky Puentevella in the complaints earlier filed against them by Councilor Carlos Jose Lopez.

In her manifestation and affidavit submitted to the Office of the Ombudsman on October 14, Marife Fernandez attached the alleged original receipts showing the amount of P100,000 she paid to the mayor’s son, and P100,000 and P150,000 to Kasadya Bacolod Development Foundation Inc. (KBDFI), organizer of the city’s special events under Puentevella administration, for special permits to operate 32 “ukay-ukay’ at the public plaza along Gatuslao Street.

Fernandez also included in her manifestation to the Ombudsman the original copy of the letter of the mayor’s son to the General Services Office (GSO) showing that Rocky Puentevella asked the GSO to install electrical connections to the “ukay-ukay” stalls.

She also asked the Ombudsman to include these documents in the investigation of the administrative and criminal complaints that Councilor Carlos Jose Lopez has filed against the mayor and his son and several other alleged conspirators.

The first was a criminal complaint for violation of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act paragraphs a and b, and an administrative complaint for violation of Republic Act 6713 or Code of Ethical Standards of Public Officials and Employees and Grave Misconduct Section 4 (c).

Also included in the complaint are former City Legal Officer Rayfrando Diaz II, former City Administrator Rolando Villamor, Secretary to the Mayor Ramonito Lastima, and Permits and Licensing Division officer-in-charge Mary Ann Biasca, and KBDFI president Rhoderick Samonte.

After finding enough basis to proceed with the criminal investigation of the complaint filed against them by Lopez, the National Bureau of Investigation had recommended to the Ombudsman that the respondents be criminally and administratively charged in connection the sale of used clothing.

However, the respondents through Diaz, had repeatedly claimed that there is no factual basis to hold the mayor and his son liable for the alleged offense imputed by Lopez.

Diaz had also said that the NBI stated in its report that it could not find Fernandez to shed light on her dealings with the KBFI and Rocky Puentevella.

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