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PIA Press Release
2009/02/03

Binmaley town barangay chief suspended

Binmaley, Pangasinan (3 February) -- Residents of barangay Poblacion in this town are now puzzled on whom to acknowledge as barangay captain following the suspension of the incumbent and the swearing in of the number one councilman.

Barangay Captain Julio Marron was suspended for six months effective January 26 after the sangguniang bayan found him guilty of administrative cases that included grave misconduct, ignorance of the law, bias, grave abuse of discretion and oppression based on complaints filed by John Velasco and Mariano Velasco.

Mario Cagaoan, the number one councilman took his oath as acting barangay captain on January 27.

The tiff between Marron and Velasco started when the barangay captain refused to issue a certificate of indigency to the family of the complainant allegedly because they did not support him in the last barangay election.

Marron denied the allegation saying he does not choose whom to issue certifications. All he wanted was for them to personally go to him, he said.

Administrative case No. 4, Series of 2008 was filed at the committee en banc of the sangguniang bayan of Binmaley. After months of hearing, Marron was found guilty.

On January 22 the sangguniang bayan suspended him for six months. The decision was sent to Marron on January 26, which according to the councilors, was final and executory. The day after, Cagaoan was sworn in as the acting barangay captain.

On January 28, DILG officer Gabriel Cornell and Chief of Police Fidel Trapeza brought the letter of Mayor Simplicio Rosario to Marron which states Marron's suspension and the need for him to turn over the all the responsibilities. Marron did not oblige making Cagaoan clueless on what to do.

"Sinasabi ni Kapitan na magfa-file pa daw siya ng motion, sinarado niya yung barangay hall. Yung mga tanod, BHW, ayaw niyang payagan. Yung secretary, ayaw niyang magpagawa ng kahit ano. Hangggang ngayon, siya pa rin ang pumipirma ng mga clearance. Pinarating na namin sa DILG kung ano ang dapat gawin," Cagaoan said.

Marron explained that he did not abide by the order because he was just following a legal process. He said that the internal rules of the sanggunian bayan, a respondent is given 30 days to make an appeal or submit a motion for reconsideration.

"Yung resolution hindi pa naman final and executory," Marron said. "Talagang meron pang 30 days to file yung motion for reconsideration o motion to appeal to the provincial board. Ang pinagtataka ko naman, nag-take oath na yung first kagawad ko, wala pa yung suspension order ko. It was only served a day after. Sinabi ko sa kanila na meron pa kong 30 days," he pointed out.

DILG officer Gabriel Cornell clarified that based on the local government law, even if Marron did not accept the letter of Mayor Rosario concerning his suspension, his knowledge and acceptance of the decision of the sangguniang bayan was enough for him to know about his suspension.

Cornell said that Marron can still make an appeal within 30 days but the decision of SB that he is suspended cannot be changed. He said the oath taking of Cagaoan was legal and Marron's refusal to turn over the responsibilities would just bring him more problems.

"Even if Marron has the right to make an appeal, the suspension is already in effect," Cornell explained. (VMHS/PIA-Pangasinan) [top]

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