Leyte town mayor sus­pended

The Philippine Star - - NATION - – El­iz­a­beth Marcelo

The Of­fice of the Om­buds­man has or­dered the sus­pen­sion of a town mayor in Leyte and a for­mer city vice mayor in Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal.

In sep­a­rate de­ci­sions re­leased on Fri­day, Mayor Su­san Yap-Ang of San Isidro, Leyte and San­ti­ago Mar­avil­las, for­mer vice mayor of Es­calante, Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal, were found guilty of op­pres­sion and abuse of au­thor­ity, re­spec­tively.

The om­buds­man sus­pended Yap-Ang for nine months for re­fus­ing to al­low barangay coun­cil­man Ra­mon­sito Vi­ola to at­tend a sem­i­nar on solid waste man­age­ment in Cebu City from Dec. 3 to 5, 2015 due to his party af­fil­i­a­tion.

In­ves­ti­ga­tion showed YapAng or­dered barangay cap­tains to ex­clude coun­cil­men who are not her party mates.

The om­buds­man said YapAng’s ac­tion was “an abuse of au­thor­ity amount­ing to op­pres­sion.”

Mar­avil­las was sus­pended for six months in con­nec­tion with a com­plaint filed by live­stock in­spec­tor An­gel Si­nad­jan.

Since Mar­avil­las is no longer in of­fice, the om­buds­man said the penalty is con­vert­ible to a fine equiv­a­lent to his salary for six months.

Si­nad­jan said Mar­avil­las ter­mi­nated him on Jan. 6, 2016 with­out cause and due process. Records show Si­nad­jan was hold­ing a per­ma­nent po­si­tion in the city vet­eri­nar­ian’s of­fice.

The om­buds­man said Mar­avil­las’ ac­tion was a “clear dis­play of ex­ces­sive use of au­thor­ity.”

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