Patikim pa lang: relieves 2 CSWDO staff over relief goods

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Two drivers of Iloilo City Hall were relieved from their posts amid an investigation into alleged pilferage of relief goods from the City Social Welfare and Development Office warehouse.

But City Administrator Hernando Galvez said maintained Edwin Florendo and Jonathan Celiz “still enjoy the presumption of innocence,” and that their relief is more to ensure a smooth fact-finding than imply their guilt.

In the meantime, Galvez and Florendo will be temporarily assigned to other City Hall offices.

The two were reportedly the drivers of CSWDO vehicles caught in photos sneaking out sacks of government rice, then delivering them to stores in the city.

Earlier, Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog created an ad hoc committee headed by city legal officer Lorna Laurea to probe the alleged unauthorized disposal of CSWDO rice.

On the other hand, Galvez said CSWDO head Alfred Villanueva will stay at his post.