Thursday, April 16, 2015

Mayor Ang's camp: preventive suspension not yet effective

Mayor Agnes Ang
Photo via Mia Concordia


VINZONS, Camarines Norte-- "The preventive suspension to be imposed on the incumbent Mayor of Vinzons IS NOT IN EFFECT so that all governance [sic] functions remain in status quo."


This was the official statement posted by Senior Administrative Assistant III/OIC Bernardo F. Diezmo on Facebook following service of the notice of the suspension order upon Vinzons town mayor Agnes Ang.


No personal service of notice 
Diezmo insisted that Ang remains to be the town's chief executive, because the mayor has yet to personally receive her notice of the suspension order.

He underscored that the suspension order itself states that it shall only take effect immediately after receipt of the notice.

Ang was in Manila on official business to attend a conference of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines when the notice of suspension was served at the town municipal hall on April 15.

The notice was posted at the hall's entrance, since it could not be personally served upon the mayor.

The full text of the statement is reproduced below:

April 16, 2015
OFFICIAL STATEMENT OF:
MR. BERNARDO F. DIEZMO
Senior Administrative Assistant III/ OIC Lgu-Vinzons Camarines NorteThis is to make all concerned aware of the true legal scenario now obtaining in LGU Vinzons.

While it might be true that there is Preventive Suspension to be imposed on Mayor Ang by virtue of Sangguniang Panlalawigan in a Resolution of the SP of Camarines Norte such Preventive Suspension Order has not yet been received and is therefore is NOT YET IN EFFECT. Firstly the Preventive Suspension Order is addressed to Mayor Agnes D. Ang, the Order if worded appropriately/correctly "shall take effect immediately upon receipt" , and by that, upon receipt personally by the concerned, by Mayor Ang. Such personal receipt has not taken place, Mayor Ang being in Metro Manila on Official Travel in attendance to the General Assembly of the LEAGUE of MUNICIPALITIES of the Philippines (LMP).

In this existing scenario it is clear therefore that the preventive suspension to be imposed on the incumbent Mayor of Vinzons IS NOT IN EFFECT so that all governance functions remain in status quo.

Tallado swears in acting mayor, vice mayor

Subsequent to the posting of the notice, incumbent Vice Mayor Radames Ferrer Herrera and topnotcher councilor Raul Banal took their oaths of office as acting mayor and vice mayor, respectively. 

Governor Edgar Tallado administered the oaths. 

No comment 

Meanwhile, Ang, in an interview with BICOLSTANDARD.COM, refused to comment on the issue.

She said she has left to her counsel the task of undertaking legal remedies against the order.


FILE PHOTO Hearing at the Sangguaniang Panlalawigan
Photo via Mia Concordia

Administrative Complaint

Ang's preventive suspension stemmed from Administrative Case No. 04-2014 for Dishonesty, Misconduct in Office, Grave Abuse of Authority, and Violation of RA 9184 and its implementing rules and regulations.

The case was filed by Liga ng mga Barangay Municipal Federation President Jose Segundo.

Segundo  accuses the mayor of implementing the breakwater project in Barangay Sula here prior to the bidding.

With report from Mia Concordia BICOL STANDARD.COM Pirming enot. Pirming bago. 

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