CHR endorses complaint vs LTO-Dumaguete chief and 12 others to LTO central office

May 28, 2013 10:21 pm 

DUMAGUETE CITY, May 28 –- The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) in Negros Oriental has endorsed to the Land Transportation Office (LTO) hierarchy a petition filed by members of transport groups as well as other individuals in Dumaguete and nearby towns calling for an investigation on the alleged abusive practices of the LTO-Dumaguete District Office chief and at least 12 others.

CHR special investigator Dr. Jess Cañete disclosed that based on the narrative of the complainants in a petition addressed to his office, it appears that the complaints against LTO-Dumaguete chief, Engr. Eugene Gador, LETAS-designate Clerk II Mr. Primo Duran III are valid even if they are still unverified.

Cañete said a certain Igmedio Duran had sent him via postal mail the petition with several pages of about 136 signatures as attachment, calling for an investigation of alleged corruption as well as “erroneous implementation of traffic laws” by the named respondents.

Igmedio Duran, in his letter to the CHR, the alleged abuses and corruption by the LTO-Dumaguete personnel are violations of human rights.

Summing up the complaints, Cañete said some of these include alleged arrogance, discourtesy, and flawed processes in the enforcement of the helmet law.

The CHR official explained that since it is impossible to verify the complaints with the large number of petitioners, he decided to forward copies of the petition to the LTO central office, specifically to Assistant Secretary Virginia Torres, the Office of the Ombudsman and the National Bureau of Investigation.

Cañete said he believed that the complaints were valid as he was also a “victim” of arrogance and unbecoming behavior by some LTO-Dumaguete personnel during the conduct of a checkpoint.

The petition also questions the assignment of Arbon to the LTO-Dumaguete district office as based on a “reliable source” his office item is for the LTO in Jagna, Bohol. (PNA)

LAP/JFP

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