Iloilo gov orders capitol engineer to answer extortion claims


Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. issued a show-cause order to Engineer Bienvenido Batalliones who was formerly with the provincial government’s Bids and Awards Committee (BAC).

Defensor gave Batalliones three days beginning Thursday to answer the allegation of extortion made by former Iloilo City councilor Plaridel Nava.

Nava accused Batalliones of extorting P30,000 from his construction company. (

Should the accused fail to submit a reply, Defensor will form a fact-finding committee to investigate Nava’s allegation.

Provincial Legal Officer Atty. Dennis Ventilacion said Nava has yet to file a written or formal complaint as of this writing thus the provincial government initiated the issuance of the show cause order.

Defensor clarified that Batalliones is no longer a member of the BAC’s technical working group following his resignation three weeks ago.

He is currently assigned at the Provincial Engineering Office.