Alfonso Castañeda, Nueva Vizcaya Mayor Jerry Pasigian has been suspended for 90 days in connection with graft and malversation charges over the alleged anomalous purchase of a sports utility vehicle.
The Sandiganbayan has issued a resolution which granted the motion of the prosecution to suspend Pasigian.
In its resolution, the anti-graft court ruled that any incumbent public officer arraigned on a valid information and who pleaded not guilty therein shall be suspended from office to prevent him from hampering the prosecution by intimidating or influencing witnesses, tampering with documentary evidence, or committing further acts of malfeasance while in office.
The court also pointed out the suspension was not a penalty.
The case stemmed from a 2009 purchase of a 2003 Nissan Patrol for P1.35 million.
The Office of the Ombudsman, which filed the charge, said the contract was awarded through direct contracting without undergoing the required public bidding.