BicolToday.com Reportorial Staff
SORSOGON CITY (BicolToday.com/12 Dec. 2011) – Provincial Board Member Ramon Vladimir Frivaldo, a staunched critic of Sorsogon Governor Raul Lee was reportedly offered a sizable amount of money.
In an interview, the said Board Member intimated that he was approached by two of his colleagues in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and offered him a certain amount of money.
When asked if the exact figure reaches One Million Pesos (P1,000,000.00), Frivaldo said it is less than the said amount.
The official did not elaborate if the amount will come from the Three Hundred Fifty (P350,000,000.00) Million Pesos Loan of the Province, he rather quipped “may pamasko daw si Governor!”
Board Member Frivaldo refuses to name the two officials who made the juicy offer.
According to source the money was offered to stop Frivaldo from publicly opposing and ridiculing the Governor’s plans including the recently approved Land Bank loan of P350 million, provincial mining operation and other issues where the said Provincial Chief Executive has been relentlessly haunted by negative media publicity of such magnitude reaching international recognition.
Issues engulfing the governor had been circulating in social media and online news network courtesy of BM Frivaldo exposing the alleged anomalies of said official.
Frivaldo also questioned the previous loan acquired by former Governor Sally Lee, wife of the incumbent governor in the amount of Two Hundred Sixty Million (P260,000,000.00) Pesos believed to be grossly anomalous as some amounts were not fully implemented or appropriated to so called “ghost projects”, ending up in the pockets of some government officials. The loan was timed before the 2010 national election.
Incumbent Governer Raul R. Lee along with other Provincial Officials are now facing criminal charges for violation of Anti Graft and Corrupt Practices Act before the Sandiganbayan for the purchase of fertilizers and the highly questionable purchased of the equipments for the distance learning program. The anti-graft case of the distance learning program was filed by Board Member Rebecca Aquino in 2004 and a suspension order was issued by the anti-graft body to four of the concurrent provincial officials.
Meanwhile as of presstime Governor Lee cannot be reached for comment on the alleged issue. BicolToday.com
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