A COMPLAINT has been filed before the office of the Ombudsman-Mindanao against former House speaker Pantaleon D. Alvarez and his chief of staff, Edwin I. Jubahib, for alleged violation of Republic Act 7080 and Republic Act 3019, the law on plunder and the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, respectively. The complainant, Jeffrey L. Cabigon, claims to be a former security officer of Mr. Alvarez. In an affidavit executed May 6, Mr. Cabigon alleged that Messrs. Alvarez and Jubahib used government money to buy luxury vehicles and numerous properties within Davao del Norte province. In a press conference on Monday, Mr. Cabigon said his filing of charges “were not politically motivated” and that he is hoping to be placed under the government’s Witness Protection Program. Both Messrs. Alvarez and Jubahib were sought for comment but have yet to reply as of this posting. Mr. Alvarez is running for reelection as representative of Davao del Norte’s 1st District while Mr. Jubahib is seeking the gubernatorial post of the province. They are up against incumbent Gov. Anthony G. del Rosario, who is running for the congressional seat, while his brother Rodolfo Jr. is a candidate for governor. — Carmelito Q. Francisco