BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
The fate of five Capitol employees assigned at the Office of the Provincial Agriculture charged with grave misconduct now lies at the hands of Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson, after the Provincial Legal Office completed its investigation into the matter.
Provincial Legal Officer Atty. Alberto Nellas yesterday said that he already submitted his investigation report to Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson, for deliberation and approval.
The OPA employees, including a division head, are in hot water for allegedly going on a drinking session while on official travel in Victorias City, Negros Occidental, last month.
They were issued with show cause orders by PLO for them to explain their side.
The complainant-driver claimed that he waited for the respondents until 8 p.m. of July 15. He was later informed that the respondents were allegedly having a drinking spree at a restaurant.
The OPA Division head allegedly uttered uncalled for remarks at the driver when the latter informed them that he waited for them.
Nellas said the deliberations will focus on determining if there is a need to conduct an administrative hearing, filing of formal charges, or the imposition of preventive suspension against the five respondents.
Victorias City Mayor Javier Miguel “Javi” Benitez also ordered an investigation against an employee of the Office of the City Agriculture, allegedly for inviting the five OPA employees to the drinking spree.*