Mandaue City councilor under preventive suspension-A A +A
Thursday, October 3, 2013
THE REGIONAL Trial Court (RTC) issued an order putting Mandaue City Councilor Editha Cabahug under preventive suspension for 60 days over a complaint filed against her in 2006 when she was the chief of Barangay Looc.
Judge Raphael Yrastorza Sr., presiding judge of the RTC Branch 28, also ordered the suspension of seven barangay officials, only two of whom remain in office.
The order, signed by Yrastorza last Sept. 23, stemmed from the complaint filed by former Looc councilor Jesus Jaime Flores.
Flores, who served as a councilor from 1989 to 2002, filed a criminal complaint in May 2006 after the barangay officials did not release his terminal leave benefits amounting to P148,246.
Aside from Cabahug, the other respondents were councilors Erlinda Tarona, Liborio Arcana, Jose Lozano Jr., Alejandro Jayme, Raul "Skipper" Cabahug, Alberto Cabahug and Ma. Lilitha Basconillo.
Of the seven, Only Lozano and Skipper remain as barangay councilors.
Before filing a criminal case, Flores filed administrative complaints against the officials before the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas.
The Ombudsman, in a ruling in 2011, found the officials guilty of oppression for not releasing Flores's terminal leave benefits.
The officials were meted with a sixth-month suspension.
Flores said he had complied with all the requirements to receive his terminal leave benefits and sent demand letters to the barangay to no avail.
He said he sought the opinion of the Commission on Audit, Civil Service Commission, and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), all of which said he was entitled terminal leave benefits.
Councilor Cabahug said she has yet to receive a copy of the suspension order. She said she will issue a statement today.
Claire Diaz, local government operations officer of the DILG Mandaue, said their office has yet to receive a copy of the order.
It is still unclear how the suspension order will affect Cabahug as she is no longer barangay captain and the other respondents who are no longer councilors.
DILG Mandaue Director Jhoaden Lucero declined to give a statement, saying she has yet to read a copy of the order.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 03, 2013.