THE Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) continued to recognize yesterday the authority of Daanbantayan Mayor Sun Shimura pending a clarification on the court-issued writ of execution of an order asking his rival to takeover the post.

The DILG recognized the motion for recognition filed by Shimura and his mother, Vice Mayor Ma. Luisa Loot.

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Abraham Rey Donaldo, Daanbantayan municipal local government operations officer, said DILG 7 Director Pedro Noval did not serve the writ execution issued by Regional Trial Court Branch 61 Judge Antonio Marigomen and instead sent a letter to the court detailing that the motion for reconsideration is part of due process.

But Marigomen also issued an order holding in abeyance the writ of execution he issued last Feb. 22. The writ of execution would have allowed Augusto Corro and Jose de Leon to take over as mayor and vice mayor, respectively.

“Please be informed that the court has not received a copy of the said motion for reconsideration, the reason why the writ of execution was issued. However, considering that there is an attached motion for reconsideration to your letter which the undersigned takes judicial cognizance, the implementation of the writ of execution dated Feb. 22, 2010 is held in abeyance pending the resolution of the motion for reconsideration by the Comelec,” Marigomen’s letter to Noval read.

However, Corro, in a press conference yesterday, announced that he has officially assumed as mayor despite the failure of DILG to serve the writ of execution. He is holding office at his house near municipal hall.

Corro has sent a letter to Police Regional Office Director Lani-o Nerez requesting for assistance for his takeover of the municipal hall.

Cebu Provincial Police Office Director Erson Digal said he will supervise the maintenance of peace and order in the town pending the final resolution of the case.

Corro also accused Noval of “playing games” in refusing to serve the writ of execution because a high-ranking DILG official called him.

Donaldo said Corro’s allegations are unfair but they expected it.

Shimura said Corro cannot wait for the final resolution of his protest because he is eager to become mayor.

“Sometimes, depression and discouragement for failure to become mayor might cause psychotic effect to a person,” Shimura said.

Shimura and Loot earlier said they are filing contempt charges against Marigomen for issuing a writ of execution when they still have five days to file a motion for reconsideration.

But while they failed to takeover the municipal hall, Corro issued his first executive order yesterday while de Leon formally took his oath of office before Bogo City Mayor Celestino “Junie” Martinez Jr.

Corro took his oath of office Tuesday evening and admitted that he is eager to serve as mayor.

As his first order of business, Corro, in an executive order, asked all employees to cooperate in the peaceful and smooth transition of his administration.

Shimura called the order as a mere piece of paper. (EOB/JGA)