TACLOBAN CITY-The Leyte provincial board is still undecided whether to pursue a corruption allegation probe involving one of its members.
The blue ribbon committee chaired by Board Member Nicolo Villasin will convene soon to determine whether the provincial board has the authority to investigate the complaint against fellow Board Member Anlie G. Apostol, a former mayor of Carigara town.
The Carigara town council passed a resolution urging the provincial board to investigate Apostol for failure to implement PHP6 million water impounding projects in 2010 during the lawmaker’s term as town chief executive, despite budget availability.
These projects were intended for the villages of San Isidro, Binibihan and Paglaum.
In a report, Carigara town councilor Dennis Garay said the PHP5 million budget was sourced out from the Bureau Soil and Water Management under the Department of Agriculture and PHP1 million from the Priority Development Assistance Fund PDAF of then Leyte 2nd district Rep. Trinidad G. Apostol.
The Carigara town council submitted their findings to the provincial board for further action.
“We will study the case, we will deliberate on it and study the validity for us to conduct an investigation,” said Villasin.
“The alleged act was done when she was still a mayor and now she is a board member. This will be taken into consideration,” he added.
Villasin assured that despite his friendly relation with Apostol, the committee will be impartial in the investigation process.
“We really have to set aside personal feelings since we are mandated to perform our responsibilities and I am sure Board Member Apostol will understand it,” Villasin said.
However, the board has to make sure that they have the jurisdiction of the case, according to the lawmaker.
Apostol declined to comment on the issue, heeding advice of her lawyers. (PNA)