Capitol worker in road mishap won’t face administrative raps

THE Provincial Government employee, who was involved in a road accident that killed a nurse and injured three others, will not be charged administratively.

Provincial Legal Officer Jose Maria Valencia said on Wednesday they are now finalizing their recommendation on the case, which will be submitted to Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr.

On May 18, Rodrigo Salazar, administrative officer of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, was driving a Capitol-owned vehicle when he figured in an accident at Bago City.

Valencia said that Salazar “was duly authorized to travel because he has trip tickets and office order,” citing the papers that were submitted to him.

“He reasoned out that he brought the vehicle to his home because he was supposed to go to the south for his usual inspection duties early morning the next day. It was also a good judgment for his part so he won’t go back and forth to get the vehicle from the Capitol,” Valencia said.

“We’re assessing it, but as of now, there won’t be any administrative case. His liability is more of personal than with us,” he added.

Salazar has posted bail for reckless imprudence resulting to homicide, multiple physical injuries, and damage to property charges filed by the victims against him before the Bago City Prosecutor’s Office.

Valencia said that Salazar has to face the criminal case against him.

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

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