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DILG readies charges vs. government people linked to Boracay crisis

THE DEPARTMENT of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said it is mulling charges against government personnel and private individuals found accountable for the environmental crisis now besetting Boracay Island.

Lawyer Anthony Nuyda, DILG Regional Director, said the inquiry undertaken by the Boracay Investigating Team (BIT) is ongoing. Nuyda is among the 12 members of the BIT.

DILG Secretary Charge Eduardo Año earlier asked BIT to submit a comprehensive report on the result of their probe so they could file cases against those who are accountable for the environmental crisis.

“As to what charges will be filed, we cannot tell that at the moment because it will depend on what documents we could get. Definitely some case of neglect of duty, among others,” Nuyda said, adding, they are looking at several violations on environmental laws, compliance with the building code and fire code and other violations.

The BIT is chaired by DILG Assistant Secretary for Plans and Programs Epimaco Densing III while DILG Senior Executive Assistant Jerry Loresco of the Office of the Undersecretary for Peace and Order, Public Safety, and Policy and Programs is vice chairperson.

The other members of the committee are Bureau of Local Government Supervision (BLGS) Director Odilon Pasaraba; Legal and Legislative Liaison Service (LLLS) Director Romeo Benitez; Trial and Investigation Division officer-in-charge Maria Elena Quebral; BLGS Policy Compliance and Monitoring Division Chief Maria Rhodora Flores; Frederick Lubuguin of the LLLS; Benjamin Zabala of the Internal Affairs Service; Engineer Richard Cruz of the Office of Project Development Services; and representatives of the Bureau of Fire Protection and Police Regional Office 6. (Cindy Ferrer)


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