THE head of security of the Negros Occidental provincial capitol denied on Monday the claims of the management of E & R Security Agency that he "instigated" the complaint of 14 security guards against the company.

Venchito Magalona said that except for E & R Security Agency, all the other security agencies that provide security details to its facilities, "have no problems with the salaries and benefits of their guards."

"It’s the Provincial Bids and Awards Committee that screens the security agencies, I have no hand in that," Magalona pointed out.

He added that the guards asked for his help regarding their delayed salaries and remittance to the Social Security System (SSS).

"I totally deny that I instigated them for personal motives because if I have, I would (have) gone after them during the first time the Provincial Legal Office sent them a demand letter, "he said.

On Sunday, Antonio Murillo, general manager of E & R Security Agency, said they have proof of payment for the contributions of the SSS premiums of the security guards from March to September and that their salaries for November 16 to 30 would be released to them between December 10 to 25.

Murillo said this has been the system adopted by the company.

Earlier, Provincial Legal Officer Jose Ma. Valencia said he will meet with the province’s Bids and Awards Committee to decide if the Capitol’s contract with the E & R Security Agency should be terminated, after the 14 security guards’ complaint.

The guards, in their letter to Valencia, asked the provincial government to take action on the delay in their remuneration and monthly SSS contributions.

They claimed that the E&R Security Agency failed to remit any contribution to their SSS accounts since March of this year.

“We are willing to talk to Atty. (lawyer) Valencia to clear the matter” Murillo had said, adding that they are also studying the possibility of filing charges against Magalona “for tarnishing the image of the company.”

Meanwhile, Magalona also denied accusations that he is receiving P200 per guard every pay day and receiving money from the management.

"I am helping them for humanitarian consideration because if their salaries are delayed, they may resort to theft of the properties and facilities they are guarding as what is happening with other security guards," Magalona said.

If they will file a case against me, "it’s their right," he said.

Magalona admitted that he goes to the office of E & R Security Agency to inform them of the complaints of their guards.

"I also visit other agencies which have guards assigned to the provincial government," he said. (TDE)