Capitol worker in road accident facing dismissal

THE Capitol employee involved in a vehicular accident that claimed the life of a nurse and injured three others last May 8 in Bago City, Negros Occidental could be dismissed from government service.

Provincial Legal Officer Jose Ma. Valencia, who was tasked by Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. to conduct an administrative investigation into the accident involving Rodrigo Salazar, 47, bared the consequence.

Salazar, an administrative officer at the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, was driving a Provincial Government vehicle when he figured in an accident.

He is out on bail after he was charged for reckless imprudence resulting to homicide, multiple physical injuries, and damage to property before the Bago City Prosecutor’s Office.

The fatality, Berlin Bedayo, 25, was assigned at the Bago City District Hospital. Also injured were nurses Lea Surmaco, 34; and Paula Ureta, 32; and tricycle driver Noel Serva.

The Capitol pick-up truck driven by Salazar hit the tricycle boarded by the victims. The tricycle then collided with a passenger jeepney.

“The accident happened during the night when all government vehicles should already be at the motorpool and he was driving reportedly under the influence of liquor,” Valencia said.

He added that Salazar will be required to answer in writing why he should not be charged administratively.

“We will go through the process and will make a recommendation to the governor,” Valencia further said. (RDE)

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