Tugade orders filing of charges vs. transport official

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Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade has ordered the filing of administrative charges against Roberto Delfin, supervising transportation and development officer under the Road Transport Planning Division – Department of Transportation (DOTr).

The case stemmed from the allegation that 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, DOTr said.

“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,” said in the formal charge.

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 Delfin.

On January 10, Yebra issued the 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.”

“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,” Secretary Tugade said.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/DOTrPH/photos/a.132771066862038.24583.130406490431829/1034945443311258/