A senior official from the Cordillera regional office of the Ministry of Transport refused to resign despite the order of Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade for his resignation from the service after a DOTr investigation had held him liable for corruption.
In a statement, assistant regional director Datu Mohammad Abbas declined to acknowledge the dismissal decision that served him and his superior, regional director, Jesus Eduardo Natividad, and said he was a member of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Natividad stepped back peacefully.
The department clarified that Abbas was appointed by former President Benigno Aquino III.
Both Natividad and Abbas have already been replaced by respectively Robert Allan Santiago (officer-officer, regional director), Jennilyn Avelino (assistant director of the Land Transportation Office) and Jess Balagot (assistant director of Landtransport Franchising and Regulatory Board).
Suspended for 90 days
In May, the two officials were accused of corruption, serious misconduct and gross negligence after they would have enforced money in exchange for their services, and were ordered suspended for 90 days.
Natividad reportedly demanded money in exchange for the issuance of applications for certificates of public convenience issued for the operation of public services that do not require franchises.
Abbas reportedly extorted money in exchange for releasing confiscated vehicles.
A certain Regina Migano also filed a complaint against Abbas because she accused her of a & # 39; fixer & # 39; to be. -KRIXIA SUBINGSUBING
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