Mayor seeks Department of the Interior and Local Government help

February 17, 2019

STO. DOMINGO, Nueva Ecija -- Mayor Greg G. Andres has sought the assistance of Interior and Local Government Sec. Eduardo M. Año on the current legal tussle transpiring in the municipality involving him and dismissed Mayor Imee Llado-De Guzman that has caused serious confusion among their constituents and fellow public servants.

Andres, the former vice mayor, and Llado-De Guzman are squaring off in next May’s mayoral contest here.

In his four-page letter addressed to Sec. Año dated February 12, 2019, Andres asked for extreme caution from the department considering the volatile situation in his town which he said is being aggravated by the spread of “fake news” and “black propaganda.”

Andres said the supposed “legal tussle” arose when he received on January 31, a Joint Order purportedly rendered by the Office of the Ombudsman, completely reversing the anti-graft body’s June 19, 2018 joint resolution which earlier found Llado-De Guzman guilty of grave misconduct and thus was meted the penalty of dismissal from the service.

Andres sought Sec. Año help because said Joint Order was furnished to him for “his information and guidance.” Andres also said he wants to know if the secretary office was officially furnished with the said order, which he described as “contrary to law and jurisprudence.”

In his letter, Andres further claimed that said Ombudsman ruling has already become final and executory by virtue of a Court of Appeals resolution dated August 13, 2018 which caused the entry of said ruling in the Book of Entries of Judgment on Sept. 4, 2018 after finding no record of any motion for reconsideration filed with the appellate court or petition for review with the Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, Llado-De Guzman, in an interview with reporters, maintained she still has a pending motion for reconsideration filed before the Court of Appeals, contrary to Andres’ allegations, and that said “finality clause” being referred to also by the latter, only refers to the petition for temporary restraining order (TRO) she earlier filed which she said has already become moot and academic because she already stepped down as mayor.
She claimed the DILG-Central Office has already received a copy of said joint order of the Ombudsman and she expects its implementation “anytime soon.”

“Sana nga hindi na niya (Andres) hinihintay yung sa DILG, dapat sana noong na-received niya yung decision, bumalik na siya sa dating niyang puwesto as vice mayor,” Llado-De Guzman said.

Despite this, Andres assured his townmates that everything is normal at the town hall amid these political bickerings which also caused the police led by Chief Insp. Joel M. Dela Cruz to seek audience with the mayor for clarification on the leadership squabble.