Gov. Cadiao: Extortion by provincial gov't employees will not be tolerated

April 1, 2015 5:33 am 

SAN JOSE, Antique, March 31 -– After receiving information that some people in the Provincial Government are taking advantage of their positions and in the process, extorting money from contractors and suppliers, Governor Rhodora J. Cadiao declared Monday morning during the flag ceremony that she will never tolerate such practice.

“Deal directly with the officials concerned. If you are expecting the release of your check payments, go to the Provincial Treasurer’s Office. No one else except Treasurer Sherlita Mahandog and the concerned people there are supposed to have access to your checks,” Gov. Cadiao told the contractors.

The newly installed governor also warned the fixers that they will be dealt with accordingly in the event they will be found extorting money from suppliers and contractors.

“I have not authorized anybody and nobody will ever be authorized to ask for money or commissions from any supplier or contractor. Nothing like that will happen under my administration,” Cadiao stressed.

The governor said that last week, a contractor complained that his check went missing after she signed it. The check was supposed to go directly to the Office of the Provincial Treasurer for signature and eventual release to the contractor but went missing along the way.

The check payment was for a project awarded to the contractor by the previous administration.

Governor Cadiao has ordered the incident investigated by the Provincial Anti-Corruption Investigating Committee.

“I cannot tolerate this kind of extortion. If the payment is delayed, it’s because I want the project or the delivered supplies checked, evaluated and counter-checked before payment. That may take sometime but in the event that the project is found to be properly implemented or the goods delivered are in accordance with the quality and quantity as stated in the Purchase Order, then payment will be made in a most reasonable time,” Gov. Cadiao said. (PNA)

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