By Francis Allan L. Angelo


ANTIQUE Governor Salvacion Z. Perez finds it unhealthy for a husband and wife to head two important regional offices in Western Visayas.


This is the reason why Perez lobbied with President Gloria Arroyo to transfer either Department of Tourism (DoT-6) regional director Edwin Trompeta or his wife, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG-6) director Evelyn Trompeta, from Region 6 to somewhere else.


Perez asked for the couple’s transfer when the President visited Valderrama, Antique Thursday to give houses and assistance to victims of typhoon Frank last year.


In an interview with Aksyon Radyo, Perez said she does not like the couple serving as regional directors in the same region.


“Why unhealthy? Because the couple tends to defend each other when we scold them for not attending important affairs,” she said.


Perez said she was irked by the failure of Edwin Trompeta to join the One Visayas exposition in Cebu recently.


The lady-governor said she was disappointed when Western Visayas was not represented in the expo because of the DoT’s failure to join in the affair which was attended by provinces in Regions 7 and 8.


The One Visayas project was held side by side with the Visayas Arts Festival in Cebu.


“We invited him to join the One Visayas affair because it was an activity of the Regional Development Council (RDC) where DoT is a member. I was disappointed with their non-presence,” Perez said.


Perez also cited the refusal of DILG director Evelyn Trompeta to hold the suspension order against Iloilo Governor Niel Tupas Sr. in January 2007 as another reason why they want them out of the region.


The lady-governor said other governors in Region 6 support the removal of the Trompetas.


When asked who should be kicked out of Western Visayas, Perez said she wants Edwin Trompeta gone “because he is at fault, not his wife.”


Edwin Trompeta told The Daily Guardian he did not get any invitation to the One Visayas event organized by the private sector, not the RDC. 


“We were not invited by the organizer to join the planning or whatever activity that’s why we were not there,” he said.


The DoT regional chief said he was in Cebu during the One Visayas affair “but we attended another activity were the department was invited.”


Edwin said Perez could have summoned and scolded him for not attending the Cebu affair instead of lobbying for his removal from Western Visayas.


“Maybe the good governor does not want a DoT director who sleeps and impregnated the DILG director,” he said in jest.