|Mayor Marnellie Robles-Ballesteros|
The complainant alleged separate charges of culpable violation of the Constitution, dishonesty, oppression, gross negligence, and grave abuse of authority against the mayor.
The SP, however, held the mayor only administratively liable of the charges of grave abuse of authority, oppression, and gross negligence in relation to the performance of her office.
According to the decision, the mayor to was found to be grossly negligent for her "failure to exercise prudence in preventing the disbursement of public funds of the Municipality of Bulan, Sorsogon for purely private affairs." This is in relation to her authorizing the release of a P10,000 donation in favor of De La Salle College of St. Benilde, where her two children are studying.
Likewise, she was also found to be grossly negligent and to have acted with gross abuse of authority when she issued a no-objection certification absent a statutorily mandated public consultation. This is in relation to the issue of the cutting of the trees in the Bulan Tree Tunnel.
All members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, with the sole exception of Arze G. Glipo, gave imprimatur to suspension order.
Earlier, the Commission on Elections, though a resolution, ordered the reopening of the recall proceedings against the Mayor. --BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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