ALIAGA, Nueva Ecija — The vice mayor of this town and five councilors who were suspended for one month in January by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) on the complaint of town Mayor Elizabeth Vargas are back in their posts.

Reinstated to their posts are Vice Mayor Alfredo Domingo and councilors Cesar Cajucom, Edgardo Soledad, Juanita de Leon, Juanito Martin and Ruth Macalinao. They are all allies of Vargas’ rival, Reynaldo Ordanes.

Councilor Erwin Javaluyas, president of the Association of Barangay Chairmen (ABC) and an ex-officio member of the municipal council, on Tuesday said the suspension of the six officials lapsed last February 8 and there was no impediment to their re-assumption of their respective posts, be it legal or actual.

The SP order suspending the six local officials was signed by Governor Aurelio Umali and implemented last January 9, a day before the election ban on administrative suspensions took effect. The order was posted at the municipal hall.

In implementing the SP order, Umali cited the December 14, 2015 SP resolution relative to the complaint of Vargas, who accused Domingo and the other five of committing grave misconduct and conduct unbecoming of public officers over their alleged failure to act on measures required by her administration.

Vargas complained about the delay in the passage of the proposed Php124 million municipal budget for this year.

Domingo and the five councilors lamented the alleged lack of due process in their suspension.

The Omnibus Election Code prohibits the suspension or transfer of government officials and employees during the election period, which started on January 10. PNA/