THE Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas has dismissed and terminated the criminal and administrative complaints on the vehicle sticker fee collection filed by Bacolod City Councilor Carlos Jose Lopez against Mayor Monico Puentevella and Executive Assistant Reynaldo Ebreo.
The decision, however, was without prejudice to the outcome of the fact-finding investigation.
The Ombudsman instead has recommended that the said cases be referred to the Field Investigation Office of the Ombudsman for further fact-finding.
Lopez, then head of the City Council committee on transportation and traffic management, filed a criminal complaint against Puentevella and Ebreo for violation of Articles 177, 213 and 315 of the Revised Penal Code, and violation of Section 3(e) of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.
He also filed an administrative case for conduct prejudicial to the best interest of public service, dishonesty, grave misconduct, gross neglect of duty, and oppression.
The Alliance of Concerned Transport in Occidental Negros (Action) Inc. assailed the respondents’ alleged irregular issuance of vehicle stickers.
In their March 14, 2014 letter, they requested for a public consultation on the imposition and collection of fees for the vehicle stickers by the Bacolod Traffic Authority.
They claimed that the proceeds of vehicles stickers sold for P150 for tricycles and P300 for taxis and jeepneys did not go to the coffers of the city since what was issued was only a “generic receipt,” and not the official receipt of the city government. (CNC)