Gov. Tallado lashes at BM Canlas for alleged anomalies


DAET, Camarines Norte (Bicol Standard) -- Gov. Edgardo “Egay” Tallado wants Board Member Mike Canlas investigated on issues related to corruption during the latter’s seven-month stint as Vice Governor of Camarines Norte.

In front of the provincial officials and employees, Tallado accused Canlas of spending over Php 2-million for gasoline; P300,000 for the installation of venetian blinds and sliding door in Canlas’ office; spending an exorbitant amount for job orders; and consuming all available funds for office supplies.

Tallado noted that based on his information, there is a job order employee who is presently abroad but is on the payroll of the province.

He further cautioned the Provincial Treasurer’s Office to scrutinize all records especially pertaining to job order employees who may not be reporting to their job but are collecting their salary.

Tallado also made issue when Canlas allegedly refused to submit himself to a drug test by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), when all other officials have voluntarily submitted to the same.

Canlas allegedly reasoned out that he had himself tested for drugs by a private testing agency, which is why there was no reason for him to undergo the same, Tallado said.

On the same occasion, Tallado lamented that as known to everybody, the anti-drug campaign is the banner program of President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration, hence everybody must voluntarily cooperate.

He himself volunteered to undergo testing if only to serve as a model to his constituents.

He concluded by challenging Canlas: “Wag siya maglinis-linisan. Dapat managot ang dapat managot.”

It will be recalled that Tallado recently reassumed office as provincial governor after serving an administrative penalty of suspension.

Canlas has not be reached for his comments as of press time.