JVR padlocks Bacaltos’ office

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Thursday, March 13, 2014


THE Talisay City Government padlocked the office of acting Talisay City College (TCC) president Richel Bacaltos, a move considered by the latter as a violation of a pending petition he filed in court.

Mayor Johnny de los Reyes, who issued the order that was implemented midnight of Wednesday, said his action was legal.
Bacaltos’ staff were surprised when they reported for work at 8 a.m. yesterday and found out that the college president’s office and the registrar’s office were padlocked.

In a press conference, de los Reyes said he ordered the immediate padlocking of Bacaltos’ office to assert his executive order appointing Dr. Paulus Mariae Cañete as the new acting TCC president.

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De los Reyes said with Bacaltos’ office now padlocked, TCC students will no longer be confused as to whom they would approach for school-related matters.
He said there was nothing illegal on his move.

The mayor said it was Bacaltos who committed an illegal act when he hired 30 job-order employees despite the limited budget given by the City to TCC.

Lolit Zafra along with the other non-academic staff of Bacaltos questioned the move of the mayor, citing the absence of a court order.

Bacaltos, in a separate interview, said he plans to file a separate case against de los Reyes for padlocking his office while the petition he filed has yet to be settled in court.

Bacaltos said he will stay on his post unless the court would order for his removal and the college’s board of trustees would also decide to replace him.

Bacaltos said de los Reyes should be cited for contempt of court for padlocking his office while the school official’s petition questioning the executive order of the mayor is still being heard before the sala of Regional Trial Court (RTC) Judge Estela Alma Cinco.

Now that the City Government also padlocked the registrar’s office, Bacaltos raised his concern that the processing of documents and transcript of records of graduating students may be hampered.

Bacaltos said he filed a report before the Talisay City Police Station about the padlocking of his office, and is now preparing the documents needed in filing a complaint against De los Reyes.

He said he may be able to file the complaint against the mayor tomorrow or on Monday.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 14, 2014.

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