April 18, 2024

City Councilor Jose Molintas has asked his colleagues who were former directors of the Benguet Electric Cooperative to settle their dues with the distribution firm.

Using the Code of Conduct and Ethical Practices for Public Officials and Employees as basis, Molintas has filed a proposed resolution urging his colleagues to pay Beneco their unliquidated cash advances or unpaid loans within one month.

In his proposal, failure of the former directors to pay within one month, will result in the city council bringing the matter to the Office of the Ombudsman.

The proposed resolution did not sit well with but councilors Benny Bomogao, Rocky Aliping, and Leandro Yañgot Jr., who, although not named in the proposal, said they are willing to pay their obligations, as long as Beneco is able to reconcile its records regarding their supposed dues.

Yañgot, who became director 20 years ago, said he believes he has liquidated before he left Beneco for he never heard from the firm, until recently during inquiries of the city council where Beneco officials said it has started issuing demand letters to former directors to liquidate.

Aliping also said he is willing to settle but want to be clarified about the figures being collected from him.

Bomogao, on the other hand, said he is the one who has collectibles from Beneco.

Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan decided not to call for a vote regarding the proposal yet, pending update from the three councilors who said they will meet with Beneco to clarify some matters.

Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda also said it will not for the council to pass the resolution for it will appear that the body is acting like a collection agent for Beneco.

She said the city council has done its part and it is enough that Beneco has taken steps to recover unliquidated cash advances and loans. – Rimaliza A. Opiña