Oca: ‘Saved by the bell’

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Front Page - By PJ Orias

LIKE a punch-drunk boxer saved by the bell, Mayor Os­car Moreno heaved a sigh of re­lief last night at past 7 pm af­ter the Court of Ap­peals (CA) is­sued yet an­other tem­po­rary re­strain­ing or­der (TRO) against five dis­missal or­ders penned by the Of­fice of the Om­buds­man for al­leged wrong­do­ings from Moreno's days as pro­vin­cial gov­er­nor.

Copies of the or­ders from the Depart­ment of In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment (DILG) reached the City Coun­cil at about 4 pm yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

Lawyer Dale Mor­deno, Moreno's le­gal coun­sel, like­wise ad­mit­ted get­ting a copy of the dis­missal or­der but Mor­deno said the or­ders had no ef­fect as these were not served to Mayor Moreno him­self.

"Ilang gis­erve sa law of­fice nako be­cause ap­par­ently, the mayor is out­side his of­fice for some business con­cerns, but since I am the

coun­sel on record I pre­sume the DILG find it pru­dent at my of­fice,” he said.

“But the ser­vice was not proper be­cause it should have been served to the mayor di­rectly be­cause the mayor is the re­spon­dent and not the coun­cil. It’s not valid and proper,” he said.

“Def­i­nitely, Mayor Moreno re­mains as mayor of the city, no doubt about it,” Mor­deno added.

The TRO was re­ceived by City Ad­min­is­tra­tor Dion­nie Ger­sana at about 7:30 in the evening yes­ter­day.

It was is­sued by the For­mer Spe­cial 23rd Divi­sion of the CA, and signed by As­so­ciate Jus­tice Louis Acosta.

With plac­ards call­ing for ‘jus­tice’ for Moreno, sup­port­ers of the city mayor had gath­ered at City Hall for a prayer rally yes­ter­day while the Moreno camp was wait­ing for the is­suance of the TRO.

The at­mos­phere at City Hall was just like that of the Novem­ber 2015 in­ci­dent where the doors of the Ex­ec­u­tive Build­ing were locked to pre­vent per­son­nel from the Depart­ment of In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment (DILG) from serv­ing the dis­missal or­ders.

“Ang among pre­sen­sya diri, kauban ang mga kap­i­tan, pag­pakita sa pag­babag sa dis­missal or­ders ni mayor moreno. Hang­tod makakuha ug le­gal rem­edy atong mayor nia mi dinhi mag­pakita ug su­porta. Naghiusa aron dili mababa­gan ang pagser­bisyo ni mayor Moreno sa katawhan,” Barangay Gusa chief­tain Marlo Tabac said.

“Ila unta ming re­spetaran sa pag­babag sad sa pag­dawat sa dis­missal or­ders kay amo man ning po­lit­i­cal rights. Dili gyud sila ka­su­lod kay amo ning katun­god isip tao na maoy nag­pili sa atong mayor,” he added.

Tabac said the mayor’s op­po­nents will not be suc­cess­ful in hi­jack­ing the re­build­ing of the city.

“Dili pwedi nga ang mga napildi sa elec­tion mob­a­bag sa kalam­buan sa syu­dad. Dili si Mayor Moreno and ilang gi kon­tra kun dili ang mandato nga gi­hatag sa katawhan,” Tabac said.

Ser­vices at the City Hall mean­while, re­main un­per­turbed de­spite the mul­ti­ple dis­missal or­ders by the Om­buds­man against Mayor Moreno.

City Ad­min­is­tra­tor Dion­nie Ger­sana said that the mayor has strict or­ders for the ser­vices of City Hall to be business-as-usual.

Lawyer Dale Bryan Mor­deno, lead coun­sel of the mayor said the cases filed by a cer­tain An­to­nio Nunez, hus­band of one of the lawyers of Pa­Dayon Pilipino, should have been dis­missed out­right as there were no ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties.

He said the COA re­gional of­fice 10 de­cided against any ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in the equip­ment rental when it ruled that:

“It is in­con­tro­vert­ible fact that ser­vices have been ren­dered, ser­vices of equip­ment not found ex­ceed­ing pre­vail­ing rental rates, ben­e­fits en­joyed by the pub­lic, and ac­com­plish­ments duly rec­og­nized and cited.”

Moreno has main­tained that the cases he is fac­ing is part of the hazards of pol­i­tics.

He how­ever as­sured his sup­port­ers that his le­gal team is do­ing ev­ery­thing to de­fend him.

Moreno said they ex­pect more cases will come out from the Of­fice of the Om­buds­man, ad­mit­ting that the chop­ping up of cases is re­ally a has­sle.

“Pw­er­hisyo kaayo kay gi gutad-gutad man gud ang kaso,” Mor­deno said

(JOEY P. NACALABAN)

Dionne Ger­sana, City hall ad­min­is­tra­tor(sit­ting) re­ceives the Tem­po­rary Re­strain­ing Or­der (TRO) from a Court of Ap­peals (CA) rep­re­sen­ta­tive at ex­actly 7:40 pm last night.

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