Asingan Mayor Heidi Chua and Vice Mayor Carlos Lopez Jr on January 19 were served their suspension orders by the Department of Interior and Loca Government (DILG).
The Pangasinan politikos were earlier suspended for one year by the Office of the Ombudsman over the violation of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees for putting their names and pictures on a municipal ambulance.
Asingan Councilor Evangeline Dorao filed the complaint against Chua and Lopez before the Ombudsman.
Councilor Joshua Viray is acting mayor of Asingan while Councilor Mel Lopez will be acting vice mayor.
Chua and Lopez have filed motions for reconsideration, saying their penalty was too harsh.#