FOR NON-RELEASE OF BENEFITS – Ex-town councilor cries harassment

BACOLOD City – A former councilor of a town in central Negros Occidental accused his political opponents of harassment for allegedly refusing to release his benefits.

Former Moises Padilla councilor Ian Villaflor sought the help of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) over the delayed release of his terminal leave pay after serving the town for three years.

Villaflor served as councilor from 2013-2016 and ran but lost for mayor last year against Atty. Magdaleno Peña.

He said that the national DILG office has ordered its regional office in Negros Island Region to act on his complaint.

The letter furnished to reporters here was issued by DILG Undersecretary Austere Panadero to NIR regional director Anthony Nuyda on April 17, 2017.

The letter ordered Nuyda to “take appropriate action” on the letter complaint of Villaflor.

Villaflor earlier claimed that the municipal government under Peña has not released the benefits due him as a former official.

“Please coordinate the matter with the concerned local government unit and submit a report the soonest time on actions taken direct to the Office of the undersigned copy furnished the letter sender,” the letter said.

Villaflor, along with former mayor Francisco Nazareno, faces a complaint before the Ombudsman for alleged corruption.

But he called the complaint as “political harassment.”

Peña could not be reached for comment.

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