Executive assistant Celestino Guara yesterday said one of the complainants who filed a complaint before the ARTA (Anti-Red Tape Act) Core Team against an alleged fixer at the Bacolod Government Center withdrew her complaint Thursday.
Guara said Rosa Maria Torres, a Bacolod taxpayer who had filed a complaint against Ladelle Montaño for failure to process her business permit for 2017, informed them that she is no longer pursuing her complaint against the latter.
On Jan. 11, Torres wrote executive assistant Samuel Montoyo, ARTA Core Team member, that she had personally requested Montaño to guide her regarding the procedure of renewing her business permit.
Torres said Montaño also encouraged her to see her if there is anything else she can do to help her. However, she left for California and only returned recently so she was not able to process her permit, she said.
Torres,who is engaged in an eatery business, wrote Montoyo on January 3, saying that Montaño claimed that she lost the P3,000 she gave her to process her permit.
So she went to the Bacolod Government Center in November 2017 and gave Montaño an ultimatum to finish her business permit but she failed to call her back, she said.
Torres said that because Montaño failed to process her business permit for 2017, she could not process her permit for 2018.
Meanwhile, Guara said the other complaint filed against Montaño by Jennifer Estampador of Kabankalan in 2016 is still pending.
The complaint was filed against Montaño, who is a tracker staff of Councilor Ricardo Tan,when she was yet assigned to the Civil Registrar's Office, he said.
Guara said Montaño is not yet off the hook since there might be other complainants who may file complaints against her, aside from the one pending.
Tan earlier said Montaño is new to his office and if she was involved in such activity before, he had no control over the matter.
According to Montaño, when the incident happened, she was not yet his employee, he said.
Tan said fixing runs contrary to his principles and advocacy and he will not tolerate any of his staff engaging in such unlawful activity.*CGS
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