BAGUIO CITY January 10 – The City Council decided last night to invite all the involved parties in the celebrated traffic incident in the city’s public market that resulted to the unceremonious transfer of a dedicated and devoted traffic enforcer from the city to Apayao simply because of reminding the driver and the security escort of a ranking police official that they are supposed to strictly adhere to traffic rules and regulations.
The decision to invite the regional director of the Police Regional Office (PRO) in the Cordillera, his two deputy regional directors, the involved driver and the security aide and SPO3 Alberto Tadeo was reached by the local legislative body for the members of be appraised on the circumstances that resulted to the unceremonious transfer of Tadeo to Apayao without the benefit of due process.
The council deliberated three proposed resolutions regarding the celebrated and highly publicized incident, one was authored by Councilor Edgar M. Avila condemning the unceremonious transfer of Tadeo to Apayao and declaring PRO-COR deputy regional director for administration Senior Superintendent Gregorio Lim as persona non grata in the city for grave abuse of power and authority; second is a resolution authored by Councilor Leandro B. Yangot, Jr. inviting all concerned parties to shed light on the said traffic incident and the third resolution was authored by Vice Mayor Edison R. Bilog seeking the reinstatement of Tadeo to the BCPO while the case is still being investigated by the authorities.
The council reminded Lim that his failure to appear before its regular session on January 16, 2017 will mean a waiver of his right to air his side on the matter and the local legislative body will be constrained to pursue the passage of the resolution declaring him persona non grata in the city.
Further, the council required Lim to submit a written comment on the proposed resolution declaring him persona non grata that will serve as an added document for the local legislators to assess whether there is merit to his response.
The council’s action to invite all the parties involved in the case is part of the due process to be accorded them and to merit suggestions and recommendations on how to improve the implementation of the city’s traffic rules and regulations irregardless of what will be the settlement to be reached by the concerned parties in a meeting to be scheduled.
Tadeo was reportedly reassigned to Apayao because of alleged breach of internal discipline for issuing side comments when he apprehended the driver and security escort of Lim for obvious violation of the city’s number coding scheme. However, he did not issue the driver the necessary traffic citation ticket in deference to the fact that the driver and the security escort allegedly name dropped Lim as the owner of the vehicle that violated the number coding scheme.
Some local legislators believe while it is true that Tadeo did not issue the driver of Lim’s vehicle the appropriate traffic citation ticket for violating the city’s number coding scheme, the penalty that was imposed when he was transferred to Apayao was obviously grave and unfair to the aggrieved party as he will be deprived of the chance to face his detractors during the conduct of the hearings on the case due to the distance of his assignment which is over 400 kilometers away from the city.
By Dexter A. See