Basak San Nicolas chief suspended anew

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THE Department of the Interior and Local Government Central Visayas (DILG 7) has issued a six-month preventive suspension order against Barangay Basak San Nicolas, Cebu City chief Norman Navarro.

The DILG 7 issued the preventive suspension after it found Navarro violating quarantine protocol, including those mandating strict social distancing and other minimum health standards against Covid-19, when he organized a Sinulog festival in Sitio Alumnus during the joint feast of St. John the Baptist and Sr. Sto. Niño in June 2020.

With Navarro suspended, first councilor Geraldine Dagdagan was appointed acting village chief from November 2020 to April 2021.

Navarro said he received the suspension order from the DILG in October.

He has yet to comment on whether he plans to file an appeal before the DILG.

Dagdagan, who is Navarro’s partymate, assured that she will continue the suspended chief’s programs and projects in their barangay.

Dagdagan described her transition as peaceful and that the barangay’s 100 employees have been cooperative.

This is the second time that Navarro was issued a suspension order from the DILG.

In September, the DILG 7 imposed an initial six-month suspension against Navarro due to allegations over the distribution of the first tranche of assistance from the Social Amelioration Program (SAP).

Navarro is appealing this suspension before the DILG.

Aside from Navarro, four other barangay chiefs from Cebu were also placed under preventive suspension: Brgy. Linao, Talisay City chief Ulysses Raganas; Brgy. Alang-Alang, Mandaue City chief Patricio Soco; Brgy. Centro, Mandaue City chief Ignacio Cortes II; and Brgy. Upper Natimao-an, Carmen chief Zosima Rojo. (PAC / JKV)