Abor­lan mayor sus­pended for 60 days

Palawan News - - TOWNS - By Aira Ge­nesa Mag­dayao Re­porter

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.

(Photo from: Mayor Jaime Or­tega Face­book)

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.

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