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ILOCOS NORTE MAYOR GIVEN 5 DAYS TO EXPLAIN SIDE ON ADMINISTRATIVE CASE

LAOAG CITY —Embattled mayor Arlene Torralba of Badoc town through her legal counsel asked members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) on Wednesday for five days starting today to file counter affidavit and explain to the body why she should not be suspended for alleged grave abuse of authority.

Torralba, who is on her second term as municipal mayor of Badoc town, has been charged by Teodorico Perez, a resident of Barangay 18-A Badoc town, for misconduct and abuse of authority.

In his sworn affidavit complaint filed before the Office of the SP on October 13, 2015, Perez assailed Torralba for entering into a contract for the use of a municipal government lot without authority from the town council.

Said lot, located at the northern portion of the municipality of Badoc is being used as a foodhouse, reportedly owned by Torralba’s daughter, Krizel Paulina.

Under the law, a local chief executive cannot enter into a contract directly or indirectly within the fourth civil degree or consanguinity or affinity.

In a December 2 preliminary conference of said administrative case and by motion of Torralba’s counsel, the provincial board has given the respondent at least five days or until December 7 to explain her side.

Then, on December 14, 2015, a scheduled hearing was set again at the SP session hall for the presentation of witnesses and evidences.

Before the year ends, provincial board member Da Vinci Crisostomo, in his capacity as chairperson of the committee on laws assured all pending administrative cases filed at the provincial board shall be given due resolution. PNA

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