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Former Rodriguez, Rizal mayor, 9 others sued

The PUVMP aims to make public transport in the country efficient and environment-friendly.

Alvin Murcia

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A former mayor of Rodriguez, Rizal and nine others were sued before the Office of the Ombudsman for violation of Republic Act 3019, or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

Charged were former Rodriguez Mayor Cecilio “Elyong” Hernandez, Engr. Alexander Almario, municipal engineer, Danny Santos, Virgilio Calag, Barangay Chairman Karen Mae Hernandez, Barangay Secretary Rose Marie Bayanado, Barangay Executive Officer Germogenes Didulo, Jojo Brener and Rossana Brener.

A transport group, Common Transport Service Cooperative, filed the complaint against the respondents over a piece of land it has supposedly acquired for its terminal and garage.

In a 12-page complaint filed by Deltha Bernardo, the group’s general manager, it stated the respondents violated the law for preventing the group from operating the transport terminal.

Bernardo accused them of violating Section 3(e) and (f) of RA 3019 for grave misconduct, oppression and acts prejudicial to the best interest of the service.

The complaint stated Hernandez was claiming ownership of the piece of land the cooperative wanted to utilize as terminal and garage.

The group said it purchased the land located in San Isidro, Rodriguez after it acquired 15 units of modern jeepneys.

Bernardo said their group supports the government’s Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP), which was being implemented by the Department of Transportation in line with the program of President Rodrigo Duterte.

The PUVMP aims to make public transport in the country efficient and environment-friendly.

Bernardo said the former mayor has been telling the group that the land it is occupying was his and that it should vacate the area.

However, the group said he could not present any pertinent document to show ownership of the land.

On the contrary, the cooperative possesses the title for the land, showing it to be the rightful owner.

To make matters worse, the group’s application for a permit to operate was denied by the municipal government.

Bernardo said the cooperative believes the former mayor is behind the denial of the permit to operate with the help of the respondents.

It filed the complaint to protect its lawful interest on the property it has acquired.

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