Paoay paralyzed as suspended mayor’s case in limbo

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LAOAG CITY—Transactions at the local government unit of Paoay, Ilocos Norte remain paralyzed following the lapse of the 60-day temporary restraining order issued to town mayor Jessie Galano.

Since Monday, some government employees have started to complain about the delay in receiving their salaries as documents due for signature and processing have piled up at the mayor’s office.

Vice Mayor Eileen Llaguno-Guerrero confirmed this in an interview, saying the Department of the Interior and Local Government has not issued any directive so far regarding the mayor’s case.

“Based on our inquiry at the DILG provincial office, there is no order yet from the regional and central office. As a result, all important transactions at the Paoay government remain pending for approval at the Mayor’s Office,” said Guerrero.

On June 21, 2018, the Court of Appeals granted a 60-day TRO in favor of dismissed Paoay town mayor Jessie Galano.

Galano’s dismissal from service came after a resolution the Office of the Ombudsman issued, finding the Paoay mayor and his Municipal Administrator Bruno Dumlao guilty of grave abuse of authority, gross neglect of duty, grave misconduct and serious dishonesty.

In 2015, then Paoay town mayor Dolores Clemente filed administrative charges against then Vice Mayor Galano and Sangguniang Bayan member Bruno Dumlao in violation of Republic Act No. 6713 and Republic Act No. 7160, specifically on falsification of travel documents – which was reimbursed from the municipal treasurer’s office.

The dismissed mayor has not issued any statement so far. (PNA)

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