Double whammy! Nueva Ecija town mayor Uera suspended after getting fired
After being dismissed from his post by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), former Pantabagan, Nueva Ecija Mayor Lucio Uera was also ordered suspended by the Sandiganbayan Second Division.
Despite opposition from Uera, the anti-grant court granted the motion of the Office of the Ombudsman to have him suspended for 60 days.
“The controversial issue raised by the accused that he has ceased to occupy physically the Office of the Mayor, which was countered by the prosecution, is not a sufficient ground not to grant the motion. After all, that matter is still the subject of several litigations which are still pending before various tribunals,” read the resolution issued by the court.
“Furthermore, the suspension order issued by this Court extends not only to the actual position being held by the accused but to any position which he may be holding,” the resolution added.
Uera is facing a graft case before the Second Division for firing municipal employees in 2005 for allegedly recognizing as mayor a political rival during a struggle for the town’s top post at that time.
In seeking his suspension, the Ombudsman explained that Section 13 of the Republic Act 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act) states that: “Any incumbent public officer against whom any criminal prosecution under a valid information under this Act…shall be suspended from office.”
To this, Uera argued that he cannot be suspended since in 2015 the DILG dismissed him from his post and put in his place Vice Mayor Ruben Huerta. The dismissal was stemmed from his suspension and termination 44 municipal employees.
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