MANILA, Philippines – Ten local chief executives across the country are facing charges of gross negligence of duty and grave misconduct before the Office of the Ombudsman.
The issue stemmed from the LGU’s failure to respond to the call of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) regarding the local government’s clearing operation project.
According to the Interior Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya, the 10 mayors were just the first batch from the total of 97 local chief executives who failed the DILG directives.
“Sana ma-suspend kaagad itong 10 mayor na ito (I hope these 10 mayors would be suspended soon),” Malaya said.
The 10 concerned mayors were from the following cities and municipalities:
- Pili, Camarines Sur;
- Ginatilan, Cebu;
- Pagsanghan, Samar;
- Aurora and Lapuyan, Zamboanga Del Sur;
- Sagay and Guinsiliban, Camuigin;
- Manticao, Misamis Oriental
- Caraga Sa Davao Oriental
“Sa amin kasi (for us, it ) is more of a message,” Malaya noted.
“Mensahe sa lahat ng LGU na may batas na kailangang gawin ninyo ang trabaho ninyo (The message to all LGUs is that there is a law that orders you to do your job),” he added.
The DILG is set to begin next week another round of clearing operation which will run for 75 days.
Malaya said this will include clearing of roads and passageways within the barangays.
Alongside the announcement of the schedule of clearing operation, the DILG will also reveal the names of heads of barangays who the Department is filing cases against in line with the project. – MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)
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