CAUGHT IN THE ACT
The car in question, folks.
Capitol driver in hot water
for driving car inside motel
By Francis Allan L. Angelo
ILOILO Governor Niel Tupas Sr. gave the driver of the Provincial Treasurer’s Office (PTO) three days to explain why he checked-in at a motel in Molo, Iloilo City using a provincial government vehicle.
Tupas said he already sent a letter to erring driver Richard Villanueva to answer the charges filed against the latter by Provincial Planning and Development Office chief Mario Nillos.
Around 9pm Monday, several media outlets spotted the PTO’s service vehicle, a red-colored Mitsubishi Adventure with plate number SGA-448, go inside the Dragon Lodge Motel at Barangay Baluarte, Molo.
Reports from Aksyon Radyo reporters who received a tip on the PTO car inside the motel claimed that Villanueva and an unidentified female companion were on board the government vehicle.
After two hours, Villanueva and his companion went out of the motel to go home. Unknown to the driver, reporters have patiently waited for him tom come out of the lodging inn.
A chase ensued between Villanueva and the mediamen who wanted to get a piece of the story.
One version of the incident said Villanueva left his woman companion in an unspecified area to avoid undue publicity.
Unconfirmed reports said the woman was also a Capitol employee but Tupas and other provincial officials did not confirm nor deny the information.
The chase ended at the provincial capitol where Villanueva parked the vehicle and went out to explain to reporters who followed him.
Villanueva said he only ferried provincial treasurer Melba Sullivan to her home and he has a trip ticket authorizing the use of the vehicle.
Tupas said Villanueva can be dismissed for violating Civil Service regulations on the use of government vehicles and the capitol executive order on austerity measures.
The governor said Villanueva’s act of taking a provincial government vehicle inside a motel for personal use constitutes grave misconduct.
“It is rather unsavory to hear that he used the car for very personal purposes,” Tupas said.
Villanueva is now “grounded” as he will not be allowed to drive any government car for now.
Yesterday morning, Tupas met with all department heads to reiterate the austerity measures undertaken at the capitol to save on fuel and electricity.
Provincial legal officer Salvador Cabaluna said since this is his first offense, Villanueva can be suspended for six months and one day without pay.
Cabaluna said they will charge Villanueva with simple misconduct and conduct prejudicial to the interest of the service.
But Cabaluna refused to comment whether bringing the car inside a motel is an aggravating circumstance to Villanueva’s case “as we have yet to know what really happened.”
If Villanueva fails to answer in three days, Cabaluna said: “We will decide on what to do with him.”
Peruvian wanted for rape
By Francis Allan L. Angelo
THIS should serve as a warning to all ladies who like to male meet friends over the World Wide Web.
After the alleged rape of a Zamboangeña by six Americal soliders in Subic, immigration and deportation officials are hot on the trail of a Peruvian national who allegedly raped a physical therapist in Bacolod City last Sunday.
Initial information from the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation (BID) identified the suspect as a certain George Felonario, 38, a native of South American nation Peru.
The alleged rape occurred on Sunday inside Felonario’s hotel room in Bacolod City.
Victim Sally, 24, (not her real name) said Felonario is her long time chat mate and email pal.
In fact, the victim made the hotel reservation for the suspect when he arrived at Bacolod City for a vacation.
On Sunday afternoon, Felonario invited Sally to visit him at his hotel room and since this was not the first time they met, the victim consented.
At the hotel room, the suspect overpowered Sally and consummated his carnal desire for the victim.
Sally resisted the suspect but she was no match to Felonario’s superior strength.
Sally said she trusted the Peruvian as he has been to Bacolod City for several times. She even introduced the suspect to her parents during one of his visits.
Results of the medical examination conducted by the Bacolod City Health Office on the victim showed signs of rape.
The Bacolod City police office has filed charges of rape against Felonario in order for the BID to issue a hold departure order against the suspect.
Based on police records, Felonario is also wanted for allegedly raping a doctor, an accountant and a medical representative in various parts of the country. (Published in The Guardian-Western Visayas, November 23, 2005)