Sec. Tugade orders filing of charges vs transport official for bribery

Sec. Tugade orders filing of charges vs transport official for bribery

- in News, Philippines

Clark City, Pampanga — Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade has ordered the filing of administrative charges against a transportation official for allegedly accepting bribes from a transport cooperative.

Secretary Tugade instructed Undersecretary for Legal Affairs and Procurement Reinier Paul Yebra to file the appropriate charges for administrative offenses including grave misconduct and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service against Roberto Delfin, supervising transportation and development officer.

Delfin is assigned to the Road Transport Planning Division.

Based on formal charge dated 3 November 2017, Delfin received, through his aide Narciso Lim, PhP 150,000 in exchange for the DOTr’s supposed favorable action on New Sunrise Transport Cooperative’s (NTSC) application for a route measure capacity.

“The said amount is in addition to other gifts and favors you asked for and received from NTSC, including escort services and all-expense paid accommodation in a private resort,” the formal charge added.

Last 10 January 2018, Usec. Yebra issued a 90-day preventive suspension order against Delfin, saying that “your position affords you the opportunity to exert undue influence or pressure on potential witnesses and tamper with evidence pending formal investigation.”

Secretary Tugade has reiterated several times that corruption will be eliminated under the administration of President Duterte.

“Nagbabala na ako sainyo noon pang simula. Wala dapat bahid ng korapsyon sa ating sistema, dahil oras na may mahuli ako, hindi ako mangingiming tanggalin ka. Ayaw natin ng ganyan. Ayaw ng Presidente ng ganyan,” Sec. Tugade said.
 (Source: DOTr)

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