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Sino ang nakinabang? Iloilo City probes illegal release of relief goods

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The Iloilo City government is investigating the allegedly illegal release of rice by the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO).

City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog ordered the investigation amid reports that a CSWDO vehicle was used to deliver sacks of rice to stores.

Local radio reports also said a red vehicle believed to be owned by CSWDO head Alfredo Villanueva was used to deliver relief items to stores.

Villanueva denied the allegations, saying he had been in the service for 42 years. He said he will create a committee to investigate his staff and validate the report.

“I will not gamble my retirement for that kind of activities,” he said.

In Executive Order No. 36, Mabilog created an ad hoc committee chaired by City Legal Officer Lorna Laurea to conduct the fact-finding.

Members of the committee include lawyers Ruledo Dela Cruz and Fhymore Gascon and General Services Office (GSO) head Joren Sartorio.

Meanwhile, Internal Audit and Services Office head Joan Montaño and CLO job order contractor Norwin Diaz were tasked to conduct an inventory of relief goods in CSWDO’s custody.

CLO staffers Jhanrey Gonzaga, Dianne Medianero, and Precious Hope Morante comprise the secretariat.