ILOCOS NORTE TOWN EXECS GET 60-DAY PREVENTIVE SUSPENSION

BADOC, Ilocos Norte —- In order to preserve the integrity of records and fair trial on the ongoing administrative case filed against Badoc town mayor Arlene Torralba and spouse, Vice Mayor Thomas Torralba, the Ilocos Norte Police Provincial Office Philippine led by Provincial Director Albert Ocon jointly with Atty. Jason Perera of the Provincial Legal Office served on Monday a 60-day preventive suspension against respondents.

In a Memorandum No. 219-15, signed by Governor Imee Marcos on December 18, the old time political kingpin of Badoc town had been preventively suspended upon strong recommendation of the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP or Provincial Board).

The issue stemmed from a complaint filed by Teodorico Perez, also a resident of Badoc town at the SP on October 13, 2015, accusing the mayor of entering into a contract for the use of a municipal government lot without authority from the town council.

The lot being referred to is located at the northern portion of the municipality of Badoc which is being used as a food house, reportedly by the Torralbas’ daughter, Krizel Paulina.

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

Barely a week or on December 10, another suspension order for a period of six months has been served against the mayor Jonathan De Lara, Vice Mayor Joseph De Lara and senior town Councilor Edison De Lara of Solsona, also from the second district of Ilocos Norte for grave abuse of authority and misconduct.

The De Laras, however, were able to get a stay order from Malacañang as they made an appeal at the Office of the President pending the resolution of the case. PNA