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DILG slaps 90-day suspension on Mayor Gualberto over alleged plaza rehab fund misuse

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San Fernando City Mayor Dong Gualberto said on March 1 said he will need to step down again as chief executive after the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) handed down a 90-day preventive suspension due to the alleged misuse of public funds in the rehabilitation of the city’s plaza.

The Court of Appeals’ (CA) has reversed the Ombudsman’s dismissal order against him last October.

“Ngayon ay muling sinusubok ang ating tatag at paninindigan bilang inyong alkalde. Kaninang umaga ay nakatanggap tayo ng sulat mula sa DILG na nagpapatupad sa resolusyon ng Sandiganbayan na nagsasaad na muling isasailalim ang inyong lingkod sa 90-day Preventive Suspension dahil sa parehong paratang na napatunayan nang walang katotohanan noong tayo ay ipinabalik ng Court of Appeals sa katungkulan,” Gualberto said.

He said he is disappointed with the order.

“Nakakapanghinayang ang kaganapang ito, lalo na’t ngayon ay puspusan tayong naghahanda para sa Vaccination Rollout na siyang susi sa pagtayo ng San Fernando,” Gualberto said.

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