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Nueva Ecija mayor, six others suspended over falsification case

Jul 25, 2015 @ 1:44

Talugtug, Nueva Ecija Mayor Reynaldo Cachuela, five municipal councilors and the secretary of the Sangguniang Bayan were ordered suspended for allegedly faking a council resolution denying the appointment of a municipal budget officer.

The Office of the Ombudsman suspended Cachuela, councilors Flora Cinense, Maximo Ancheta,Sr., Maximo Ulzano, Philip Bilegra and Leo Monta; and SB secretary Norberto Baldovino for 90 days without pay.

The seven town officials were charged with grave abuse of authority and grave misconduct based on the complaint filed by Vice Mayor Benjamin Gamit, Jr. and councilors Alberto Estillore and Gerry Agpalo.

A separate order issued by Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) regional director Florida Dijan installed Gamit and Estillore as acting mayor and vice mayor, respectively.

The suspended officials were accused of passing a resolution with the signature of a councilor who was absent during the deliberations.

The resolution denied the appointment of Jasmine Tobias as municipal budget officer.

The complainants said the resolution did not reflect the consensus during the April 20 session of the SB. They said the document was falsified when the signature of Cinense was forged to meet the required number of votes.

Cachuela described the charges as “a travesty of justice”.

He said they will defy the suspension order.

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