City’s ex-fish port chief to face strings of charges


Investigation by the City Legal Office (CLO) on the controversial “kapehan” structures at the fish port area built under the authority of its former head, Silverio “Chill” Blas, has been completed and will now cause the filing of a stack of charges against him.

Based on the CLO’s investigation, Blas violated the ordinance that covers the management and control of the City Fish Port Complex (CFPC), as well as the revenue code of Puerto Princesa when he collected rental fees for the structures.

Incumbent Councilor Vicky de Guzman, who is the chairperson of the Committee on Ordinances and Legal Matters in the Sangguniang Panlungsod, said they recommended the filing of several charges against Blas, one of which is “grave misconduct and dishonesty.”

“We insisted that criminal charges be filed against him by the city government. The individuals from whom he collected rental fees can also sue him. We can also file because the money that was supposed to be received by the city government was just not there. It could be estafa or syndicated estafa,” she said.

Apparently, they are also looking into the possibility of bringing the case to the Office of the Ombudsman against Blas.

It can be noted that in August, Blas was replaced by Oscar Lapida as chief of the fish port. Mayor Lucilo Bayron also ordered the demolition of the kapehan structures due to the absence of permits and other required authorization.

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