Pangasinan town mayor faces recall petition

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011


DAGUPAN CITY, Pangasinan -- A petition was filed Tuesday morning for the recall of Bani Mayor Marcelo Navarro Jr., reportedly the first in the province.

Petitioner Hannibal Olores, accompanied by less than 10 persons, submitted his petition for the recall of Mayor Navarro for loss of confidence.

In his filing, Olores cited three reasons why he wished to recall Navarro.

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The first was that the mayor tried to obtain a P70-million loan from Land Bank of the Philippines allegedly for the improvement of the existing public market of Bani, Pangasinan without proper study, consultation, or documentation.

Olores' second reason was that Navarro was allegedly unable to account for nor explain how his administration spent P21 million in savings that were left over by the previous mayor.

Last but not least, Olores sought the mayor's recall because he has been unable to discharge the duties incumbent upon a municipal mayor reportedly owing to his incessant politicking.

Attached to the petition are the signatures gathered of the voters of Bani town, who are subsequently identified as supporting petitioners.

Pangasinan Elections Supervisor Temie Lambino Jr. said the voting population of Bani is 27,304, citing the National Statistics Office's latest census.

Lambino said the next procedure will be all the signatures gathered will be cross-matched with that of the registered voters of Bani. (Liway C. Manantan-Yparraguirre/Sunnex)

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