Aborlan mayor suspended for 60 days
The Palawan provincial government has suspended Aborlan Mayor Jaime Ortega for 60-days effective October 15. The suspension stemmed from an administrative case filed against him that involved the town’s water system project. Provincial legal officer Atty. Teodoro Jose Matta said Ortega’s suspension will be enforced until December 15. Matta said Ortega accepted the suspension order, which he personally delivered. “Personal tayong tumungo doon para i-serve ang suspension niya at tinanggap naman ni mayor. Kaya lang nagpapaliwanag din siya ng side niya at sinisisi ang mga naninira sa kanya. Ang sabi namin sundin niya na lang ang batas at sagutin na lang sa legal na paraan,” he said. Earlier, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan conducted an investigation on the “dereliction of duty” case filed against Ortega, Vice Mayor Lito Tito, all staff of the municipal council, and all staff of the Municipal Economic and Development Office (MEDO) filed by Aborlan resident Gregorio Echague III. Echague had accused the officials and municipal employees of deliberately violating munici- pal and provincial ordinances and sabotaging a government water project that is injurious to the interest of services in relation to the operation of the provincial government-initiated water systems at Bubusawin, Yale Falls, Tagalipid and Inung Suran in Barangay Culandanum, Aborlan. He claimed that the P67-million water project under Water System Joint Management Memorandum of Agreement (WSJMMOA) between the Aborlan municipal government and the province signed on December 21, 2017, is not giving proper water supply and is totally inoperative. “The communities in Aborlan were dismayed by the sudden interruption of water supply, and worse, it was totally inoperative. It was reported to them, however, it was paid no attention by them. I initiated for my own inquisition and found out the following facts that cause the total inoperative of the water supply in Aborlan [sic],” his complaint said. In August, the Committee of the Whole junked the case against Tito, the municipal coun- cilors, and the staff of the MEDO pursuant to its rules of procedure for Echague’s failure to state a cause of action and for lack of jurisdiction.” But on Tuesday, the Palawan Provincial Board (PB) in a resolution ordered Governor Jose Alvarez to suspend Ortega because the Committee of the Whole found probable cause against him. Matta pointed out that the Local Government Code of 1991, the PB has jurisdiction over erring municipal mayors. Palawan News tried to get Ortega’s reaction regarding his two-month suspension but he did not issue any statement. While he is suspended, Tito will be the acting Aborlan mayor.
Provincial government imposes 60 days suspension to Aborlan Mayor Jaime Ortega due to administrative charges filed by Mr. Gregorio Echague involving P67 million water project.