Dismissed Paoay mayor Galano gets 60-day court reprieve

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Dismissed Paoay town mayor Jessie Galano is expected to soon return to his post after the Court of Appeals (CA) issued a 60-day temporary restraining order (TRO) on his dismissal.

Armed with a seven-page copy of the TRO dated June 21, 2018, Galano faced the media on Tuesday, saying he is just waiting for the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to serve the TRO to all concerned parties.

On June 14, the DILG served the dismissal order from the Office of the Ombudsman against the Paoay mayor and his Municipal Administrator Bruno Dumlao for grave abuse of authority, gross neglect of duty, grave misconduct and serious dishonesty.

“This is just a trial on the part of the Paoayeños. What happened was just a simple neglect of duty and not corruption. It was procedural in nature and I thank God for helping me extend my public service,” said Galano.

The notice of resolution with TRO was penned by Associate Justice Stephen C. Cruz and concurred with by Presiding Judge Romeo F. Barza and Associate Justice Henri Jean Paul B. Inting.

The case stemmed from the filing in 2015 of administrative charges by then Paoay town mayor Dolores Clemente against then Vice Mayor Galano and Sangguniang Bayan member Bruno Dumlao for violation of Republic Act 6713 and Republic Act 7160 specifically on the falsification of travel documents, expenses for which were reimbursed from the municipal treasurer’s office.

“We still have so many plans for Paoay and we are grateful to serve. How I wish the DILG will implement the order real soon,” Galano said. (PNA)

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