By Angel Ayala
LEGAZPI CITY, 23Jan2014 (BicolToday.com) – Albay governor Joey Salceda chooses silence than answer on why he had (allegedly) inflicted injustice on Plaridel Persia, a media man.
The Governor did not answer queries posted by this online news, BicolToday.com, on the alleged berating and his threats to slap case on Persia after the incident was recorded in a police blotter.
BicolToday.com posted questions on his (Salceda) personal facebook account to inquire about the allegations by Persia, and to get his side, but to no avail.
Questions that were sent to the Governor’s personal facebook page are:
1. Gov, is there truth about Persia’s allegation in his complaint which was entered at the police blotter?
2. Is it true that 37 million pesos contract for farm- to- market road, as claimed by Persia, is a “negotiated contract”?
3. Gov, what is the reason why you publicly berated Persia?
4. Persia is planning a legal action against you, do you intend to apologize publicly to Persia?”
It was recalled that Salceda on Wednesday, January 15 this year, was mentioned in a police blotter in this city for allegedly threatening a media man and subjecting him to verbal abuse and humiliation in front of other people.
Persia, a radio announcer of Radio “Siram”, reported to the police that he was berated, cursed and threatened by Governor Salceda on Wednesday at the Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office (PTCAO) at the capitol complex at Albay district.
The incident happened in front of other media men and PTCOA staff and this caused Persia to suffer in humiliation, threatened and ridiculed.
According to him, the Governor called him an animal (“ayop ka”) and threatened him of a court case (“kakasuhan ta ka”).
Persia told BicolToday.com over an interview Saturday that he had been calling the attention of the Governor in his radio program regarding questionable issues under his administration.
He cited a farm-to-market road worth 37 million pesos which was a “negotiated contract”.
Another issue was a 5.5 million pesos budget for Karangahan Festival, from December 16, 2013 to January 1, 2014, which some 300,000 pesos were estimated to have been spent daily until the last day of the festival.
The questionable use or spending of money coming from the calamity fund.
Persia clarified to BicolToday.com that the Governor and some concerned officials did not answer his questions regarding the issues raised in his radio program.
He also claimed that the Governor (allegedly) threatened and berated him four times owing to his critical commentaries.
He will consult with his lawyer if he will file charges against the Governor. [BicolToday.com]