The order for suspension without pay, together with its accessory penalties, was issued shortly after Tallado filed his Certificate of Candidacy (COC) for governor.
Also ordered suspended were Provincial Legal Officer Sim O. Mata, Jr. and provincial government employee Mario de la Cruz.
Tallado, Mata, and de la Cruz, according to the suspension order, were administratively guilty of Oppression and Grave Abuse of Authority.
The charges, however, against Provincial Human Resource and Management Officer Magdalena B. Toledana, Utility Worker Enrique Macatangay were dismissed for insufficiency of evidence.
Gonzales’ camp rejoiced at the decision, which it claimed was a victory of the employees of the provincial government.
Meanwhile, Provincial Legal Officer Atty. Adan Marcelo Botor maintained that the governor’s political opponents are behind the issuance of the suspension.
Botor said the same opponents also likely worked for Tallado’s expulsion from the Liberal Party (LP) in June.
Tallado is seeking re-election under the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) party for his third term as governor.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM