by Ofelia C. Empian
There will be no extension for Benguet State University President Ben Ladilad whose term will officially end on Dec. 5.
Ladilad said he no longer applied for an extension of his term during the latest meeting of the Board of Regents and the Commission on Higher Education last Nov. 10.
He said he has done his best in improving the state university citing projects such as the improvement of the College of Agriculture building and laboratories, College of Teacher Education buildings, and construction of new dormitories for girls which are will be completed this year.
He maintained the cases filed against him were all coming from his detractors.
“I have lawyers who are taking care of it. I will answer all of them,” he said.
Earlier, the Ombudsman for Luzon recommended the filing of charges against Ladilad for alleged violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and Conduct Prejudicial to the Best Interest of the Service.
In his response, Ladilad said he has not received any subpoena or process from the Ombudsman in relation to the graft raps.
In May 2014, lawyer Romeo Aguilar Jr. also found probable cause that Ladilad violated Sec. 261 of the Omnibus Election Code in relation to Comelec Resolution 9581, which prohibits appointment or hiring of new employees, and creating and filling of new positions.
Ladilad said the employees concerned were not the ones who filed the case against him but a non-BSU employee who is also being represented by the lawyer of other complainants and tenants.
A motion for reconsideration was filed but the Comelec has yet to make a resolution on the matter.
He said the Board of Regents will be convening to create a search committee for the next president of BSU.