ALIAGA, Nueva Ecija – The camp of suspended Mayor David Angelo R. Vargas said they have no hurt feelings against the Sangguniang Panlalawigan notwithstanding the latter’s issuance of a six-month suspension against the mayor.
“Wala akong sama ng loob sa Kapitolyo,” said the suspended mayor’s mother, former mayor Elizabeth R. Vargas. “Ayaw ko lang na nag-iimbak ng trash sa aking dibdib, mai-i-stress pa ako,” she told mediamen in an interview inside the conference hall of the mayor’s office on Thursday afternoon.
In a suspension order implemented by the provincial legal office here before 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Mayor David Angelo was unseated and replaced by Vice Mayor Erwin Dyan Javaluyas, as the acting mayor.
The neophyte mayor was meted a six-month suspension after the SP found him guilty of conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service, simple misconduct, and for enforcing ordinances allowing the release of P1.2-million in senior citizens’ pension funds that the board nullified in 2019.
On the same day, tension gripped the town hall when supporters from both camps massed outside while police personnel was deployed to secure the premises.
Captain Jacqueline Gahid, town police deputy chief for administration said provincial director-officer-in-charge Col. Marvin Joe C. Saro also arrived to talk to the opposing camps and to his men to ensure that security protocols are put in place to avert any untoward incidents.
“Nakaantabay pa din kami mga kapulisan pati augmentation force ng 24/7kasi hinihintay pa namin kung ano ang maging resulta ng appeal nila sa Malacaňang,” said Gahid.
The elder Vargas lamented the SP’s issuance of a six-month suspension order, claiming that her son’s motion for reconsideration was not given due course by the SP and that he was also not given the chance to undergo mediation or reconciliatory procedure with the complainants in the said administrative case.
Despite the presence of several uniformed policemen, she said “it is business as usual” at the town hall with all the other departments also open and functioning.
Mrs.Vargas and the other staff members of the suspended mayor, however, remained holed up at the conference hall of the mayor’s office at the second floor on Thursday, refusing to vacate the premises to give way to the new acting mayor.
She said they are still awaiting the outcome of the appeal they filed with the Office of the President and the motion for the issuance of the stay of execution.
Khay Ann C. Magundayao, OIC-town administrator said Mayor David Angelo was able to timely file his notice of appeal to the Office of the President in Malacaňang on the same day the suspension order was served against him.
She said the suspended mayor along with other staffers immediately flew on a chopper to be able to make it on time in filing the appeal.
The Journal Group tried to get the reaction of acting mayor Javaluyas at his house in Bgy. San Juan here but he was unavailable and said to be resting.