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Nueva Ecija town now has two mayors

Jul 26, 2015 @ 1:10

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True to his words, suspended Talugtug, Nueva Ecija Mayor Reynaldo Cachuela has refused to vacate his post.

Cachuela said he would remain in office to protest what he described as a lack of due process in the issuance of the suspension order against him.

“We were not given our day in court. The cases were filed on May 11 and on June 29, the day suspension order came out,” he said.

The Office of the Ombudsman suspended Cachuela, councilors Flora Cinense, Maximo Ancheta,Sr., Maximo Ulzano, Philip Bilegra and Leo Monta; and Sangguniang Bayan secretary Norberto Baldovino for 90 days without pay for allegedly faking a resolution denying the appointment of a municipal budget officer.

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.

Even after receiving the suspension order, Cachuela continue to discharge the functions of a mayor in his office at the municipal hall while Gamit, who was installed as acting mayor, holds office at the Sangguniang Bayan session hall.

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.

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