Sacked Liga prexy gets TRO-A A +A
Friday, August 23, 2013
ANGELES CITY -- The Liga Ng Mga Barangay (Liga) president here who was ordered dismiss by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has secured a 72-hour temporary restraining order from the a local court.
Regional Trial Court Executive Judge Omar Viola directed Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan to desist from enforcing the questioned order implementing the consolidated ombudsman decision removing Liga President and Pulung Maragul chairman Joseph Dimapilis and eight other barangay officials from office.
Last August 16, Pamintuan and DILG Angeles City director Remedios Rodriguez implemented an Ombudsman order dismissing the barangay officials.
In its memorandum dated August 12, 2013, the DILG Central Luzon office directed Dimapilis and councilmen Dominador Gerilla, Leo Kintanar, Jesus Cortez, Orlando Lobo, Leo Ancheta, and JMD Cortez; barangay treasurer Evert Briones; and barangay secretary Lourdes Lauces to vacate their respective offices.
Dimapilis, Kintanar, Lobo, and Cortez asked the court to prevent Pamintuan from implementing the assailed Ombudsman order.
In his order, Viola stated that "from the averments of the petition, it would seem that petitioners would suffer grave injustice and irreparable injury."
"The Court finds it just to grant the prayer for a 72-your Temporary Restraining Order and restrain respondent (Pamintuan) from enforcing the questioned order implementing the consolidated ombudsman decision," order said.
The case stemmed from an irregular approval of a barangay council resolution, which allows the collection of clearance worth P50 below sans official receipts.
In 2008, a group of residents filed graft charges against then village chief Edilberto Cayanan, Dimapilis and the eight other leaders in connection with the irregularity.
The DILG implemented a consolidated decision of the Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon dated June 23, 2009.
"Per Consolidated Decision of the Office of the Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon dated 23 June 2009, the said Office found you guilty for Grave Misconduct and imposing upon you the penalty Dismissal from Service with the accessory penalty of disqualification to hold public office, cancellation of eligibility, and forfeiture of retirement benefits," the DILG order, signed by Regional Director Florida M. Dijan, stated.
According to the DILG order, the motion for reconsideration of Dimapilis and the eight other respondents was denied in an order dated November 10, 2009.
"Same denial became final and executory on May 27, 2010 or 15 days after your receipt on May 12, 2010, there being no appeal filed by your group," the DILG stated.
Dimapilis told Sun.Star Pampanga on Friday that he is still holding office as Pulung Maragul chairman and Liga president.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on August 24, 2013.