Resigned LTFRB director not yet off the hook –-LTFRB chair

DAVAO CITY — Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) XI Regional Director Benjamin Go, who resigned recently, may have left his post but he is not yet off the hook in the government’s anti-corruption drive, according to LTFRB Chair Martin Delgra.

Go resigned effective on Aug. 18 after the LTFRB conducted a spot audit of all LTFRB regional offices in line with the order of President Rodrigo R. Duterte to rid corruption in government regulatory offices. The President cited LTFRB and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) as among these offices.

“All of these retirement and resignation will of course be subject to clearances and approval depending on the result of the audit and investigation,” Delgra said.

Aside from Go, LTFRB Administrative Officer Edgar Violan filed his intention to retire from government service effective on Aug. 31. In Region X, Regional Director Manny Darimbang also opted to retire.

Delgra said, “It was his (Go’s) personal decision to resign from office. I asked him if he was involved in corruption and he said no,” Delgra said in a press conference on Saturday.

Lawyer Aileen Lopez, who was with the Office of the Ombudsman-Mindanao prior to her appointment as LTFRB Board member, said Go was already facing a case for neglect of duty and a suspension order was served on him after the May 9 elections. It was not the first time that Go was suspended from job.

According to Delgra and Lopez, there are also some complaints against Go, who was last suspended two or three years ago when he was still director in Cebu.

Delgra and Lopez were in Davao City to formally introduce the regional director of LTFRB XI on Saturday.

From the Davao Region alone, up to three boxes of case folders with suspected questionable transactions have been sent to the Central Office and are already being reviewed by investigators to include private lawyers who, Delgra said, will be hired to help them with the review.

The Board has already conducted spot audit of seven regional offices, the latest of which involved Davao Region and Cagayan de Oro.

The spot audit involved not only the franchises issued by the regional offices but also their financial transactions. Lovely Carillo/PNA/