MANILA (UPDATE 2)- The executive director of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board has been suspended to give way to an investigation over his alleged acceptance of a P4.8-million bribe.
A complainant claimed LTFRB Executive Director Samuel Jardin demanded the amount in exchange for the franchise of several buses.
The transportation department "finds, after evaluation of documents gathered, that a prima facie case exists against [Jardin]" for grave misconduct, graft and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service, according to a formal charge issued Wednesday.
Jardin was directed to submit a verified answer with documentary evidence within 3 days.
His alleged offenses are punishable by dismissal from service.
The preventive suspension against Jardin would last for 90 days.
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade in a flag ceremony on Tuesday said 2 senior officials, then unnamed, will be suspended for alleged involvement in corruption.
LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra meanwhile assured authorities that his agency would cooperate during the investigation.
"We leave it to the DOTr to resolve the matter quickly, objectively and fairly. Kung may sala, kasuhan at tanggalin sa serbisyo. Kung wala naman, dismiss the case on the merits and restore his dignity," he said in a statement.
(If he is at fault, file charges and remove him from service. If he has done nothing wrong, dismiss the case on the merits and restore his dignity.)
- Report from Zhander Cayabyab, ABS-CBN News