Case vs mayor aims to teach him a lesson: lawyer-A A +A
Thursday, September 13, 2012
THE administrative complaint filed against Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Vicente Emano is not meant to dismiss him from office, said a legal counsel of the complainants.
Complainants Dr. Vincent Tero, Celestino Ocio, Teodulfo Lao, Enrico Salcedo and Raul Ramon Roa of Save CDO Now Movement accused the mayor of negligence, after what happened during the flashfloods in Cagayan de Oro last December 17, 2011.
Lawyer James Judith said the case aims to give justice to the Tropical Storm Sendong victims, who were killed and injured during the flashfloods; and to give Emano a lesson that he is not “untouchable.”
“Dili puwede ang dismissal kay langan pa kaayo labina nga dinali-dali kining ato. Kabalo si Dongkoy (Emano) ana kay naa gud siyay abogado. Walay na-dismiss sa Republic Act 7160 (Local Government Code) (We are not after of his dismissal, besides we are in a hurry and nobody is dismissed because of the Local Government Code),” he said.
The Department of Interior and Local Government conducted on Monday a
preliminary hearing of the case but Emano did not show up. Lawyer Francis Ku, his legal counsel, represented him. Emano earlier said the investigation is a political persecution.
Judith criticized Emano’s no-show in the hearing, citing it as a delaying tactic.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on September 13, 2012.