Capitol Employee Told to Submit Side of Accident

The Capitol employee involved in a vehicular accident that left a nurse and three others seriously injured on May 8 in Bago City will be required to submit his side of the incident, provincial legal officer Jose Ma. Valencia said yesterday.

Valencia said that the Provincial Legal Office has been directed by Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. to conduct an administrative investigation into the accident involving Rodrigo Salazar, an employee of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist.

Salazar, reportedly driving a provincial government vehicle figured in an accident in Bago City.

He is out on bail after being slapped with reckless imprudence resulting to homicide, multiple physical injuries and damage to property before the Bago City Prosecutors’ Office.

Injured were Lea Surmaco, 34; and Paula Ureta, 32, also nurses assigned in the same hospital and tricycle driver Noel Serva.

Valencia said the family of Berlin Bedayo, 25, single, a nurse assigned at the Bago City District Hospital are complaining that the suspect immediately fled after the accident.

“The accident happened during the night when all government vehicles should already be at the motorpool and he was driving reportedly under the influence of liquor,” he pointed out.

He will be required to answer in writing why he should not be charged administratively, he said, adding that the request will have to be received personally by Salazar.

“We will go through the process and recommend to the Governor,” he said.

He may face dismissal from the service, Valencia said.

The Governor earlier said there will be no whitewash in the investigation.

However, Salazar’s immediate supervisor Provincial Agriculturist Igmedio Tabianan cannot be contacted.

Acting Provincial Administrator Leonardo Eusebio said Tabianan has not submitted a report of the accident.*



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