Monday, March 3, 2014

CNorte SP slaps Vinzons mayor with 2-month suspension

CAMARINES NORTE—The Sangguniang Panlalawigan here has recommended a two-month preventive suspension against Vinzons town Mayor Agnes Diezmo–Ang, who is the subject of an administrative complaint for alleged gross negligence, incompetence and inefficiency.

The complainant in the said controversy is Gabriel Cereno, a businessman.

Vinzons Mayor Agnes Diezmo-Ang
Photo: Vinzons Camarines Norte Facebook Account
Records show that Cereno questioned the authority of the said town executive, who, he said, illegally issued permits to operate for two cockpits, in the small town of Vinzons. Cereno averred that this is a patent violation of pertinent provisions of Presidential Decree 449, otherwise known as the Cockfighting Law of 1974.

Under Sec 5 (b) of P.D. 449, cities and municipalities whose population does not exceed 100,000 are allowed only one cockpit, the complaint emphasized.

In the case of Vinzons, the population of the town, according to the National Statistics Office or (NSO) is only 43,198 as of the latest censur. This means that only one cockpit should be allowed to operate, the complainant stressed.

What further exacerbated the early resolution of the administrative complaint is the alleged attitude of the legal counsel for the respondent Ang, in dealing with the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

Allegations were made that Atty. Roberto Santos claims that the members of the Provincial Board are not knowledgeable about their job in handling the said case.

Seven members of the Provincial Board, namely Pol Gache, Gerry Gomez, Jay Pimentel, Ramon Baning, Romeo Marmol, Pamela Pardo-Pujalte and Renee Herrera voted in favor of imposing preventive suspension.

Those who voted against the the imposition of the preventive suspension were board members Senen Jerez, Mike Canlas, Bong Quibral and Tessie Manlubay.

Board Member Erwin Lausin was absent during the session.

Meanwhile, Vice Governor Jonah Pimentel said that the preventive suspension order is not really a penalty.

The objective is to prevent and discourage the respondent local chief executive from influencing other officials and employees in his town while the administrative case is being heard, the vice governor added.

Vinzons mayor Ang will appeal the decision to the Office of the President, when Governor Edgar Tallado approves the said preventive suspension order. (With reports from Francis Elevado/DWFB)

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