BACOLOD CITY: A lawyer, earlier dismissed from the Provincial Legal Office, has filed a complaint against Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson before the Office of the President through the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
Lawyer Ernie Magaspag, in a letter to President Rodrigo Duterte dated December 9, charged Lacson for alleged abuse of authority, misconduct in office, gross negligence or dereliction of duty and other administrative cases.
This is in relation to the complaint before the Office of the President through the 8888 Citizen’s Complaint Hotline for undue delay in the payment of supplies by the province of Negros Occidental, endorsed by the DILG to the Office of the Governor, he claimed.
Magaspag said it is the office of lawyer Rayfrando Diaz,the provincial administrator, that is responsible for the payment of the suppliers.
He added that on July 14, 2020, he filed a formal complaint against Diaz before the Office of the Governor in relation to the delayed payments and was shocked when it was outrightly dismissed on allegedly flimsy grounds by Provincial Legal Officer Alberto Nellas Jr.
Considerng that the governor is the highest official of the province, Magaspac asked that a preventive suspension be issued against him in order to protect the evidence and documents at hand.
The evidence against the governor is strong that could lead to his eventual dismissal from the service, he said.
Alberto Nellas Jr., provincial legal officer, described the filing of administrative complaints against Lacsonas as “retaliatory acts.”
Nellas said that actions of the governor are transparent and in accordance with the law.
He added that they already forwarded their reply to the allegations of Magaspag to the Office of the President.
The filing of the administrative complaints against Lacson came after Magaspag, who was assigned at the Provincial Legal Office, was dismissed from the provincial government of Negros Occidental over administrative cases. Nellas said.
In a news conference on Tuesday, Lacson called the complaints of Magaspag as “his prerogative.”
“That’s the reason why Malacañang set up a complaints center. Anybody can just file any complaint,” he said.
The governor added that he cannot discuss any details of the case because “the proper forum now is Malacañang.”
“I’m leaving the decision to Malacañang,“ Lacson said.