A retired judge who claims to represent residents of a barangay in Bulacan has filed charges of graft and unethical practices against provincial Gov. Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado and other provincial and barangay officials for renaming a major road in Malolos to Mighty Road as a homage to the cigarette manufacturer based in that area.
In her complaint. retired Quezon City judge Adoracion Angeles of Barangay Tikay said Sy-Alvarado and other local officials caused undue injury to several parties, including the government, or giving any private party any unwarranted benefits, advantage or preference in the discharge of his official, administrative or judicial functions through manifest partiality, bad faith or gross inexcusable negligence.
She argued that the new name of the road has no cultural or historical significance given that it is the name of a private corporation. Tikay Road was supposedly named after a bird called “tikal,” which the Spaniards had mispronounced as “tikay.”
Under the Local Government Code, the provincial board may change the name of places based on certain conditions in consultation with the Philippine Historical Institute.
Angeles said she and other residents of Barangay Tikay were not consulted by the village officials prior to renaming the road. She said the village council had compromised the barangay’s interests by agreeing to change Tikay Road’s name to Mighty Road.