An administrative investigation is underway on a Negros Occidental provincial government employee tagged in an accident that caused the death of a nurse and the injury of three others to determine what sanctions to be imposed on him, Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said yesterday.
The administrative action against Rodolfo Salazar, 47, an administrative officer of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, is on top of the criminal charges filed against him by the police, the governor said.
“He has to suffer the consequences of what he did,” Marañon said.
Salazar was charged last week for reckless imprudence resulting to homicide, multiple physical injuries and damage to property before the Bago City Prosecutor's Office, for a vehicular accident at the Rafael Salas Drive in Brgy. Balingasag, Bago City, on May 18, Supt. David Cachumbo, Bago City police chief, said.
Cachumbo said Salazar was apprehended 21 hours after the pickup he was driving rammed a tricycle and caused the death of Berlin Bedayo, 25, a nurse assigned at the Bago City District Hospital, and injuries to two other nurses and a tricycle driver.
The governor said the administrative investigation of Salazar is being conducted by the Provincial Legal Office to determine whether he should be dismissed or suspended from the service.
The governor said Salazar had no authority to drive the pick-up owned by the provincial government that figured in the accident.
The vehicle was assigned to the OPA, not to him, and he was driving it beyond office hours, the governor added.
Salazar was also driving under the influence of liquor and he reported for work the next day as if nothing had happened, the governor added.*CPG
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