On Tagasilay chair suspension: City seeks exemption of poll ban PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 09 February 2016 11:37

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

The City Legal Office has formally asked the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) for an exemption from the prohibitions during the election period specifically on the suspension of elected officials.

This, in line with the City Council resolution slapping a 6-month suspension on Tagasilay barangay chairperson Hanisa Francisco in connection with an administrative case, which was approved a few days after the start of the election period when certain acts are prohibited.

City Legal Officer Atty. Jesus Carbon said his office has written the Law Department of COMELEC-Manila asking for exemption from the prohibition of suspending elective local officials during the election period to enable the city to act on the council resolution.

The City Council, through the recommendation of the Committee on Good Government middle of January approved to suspend Francisco in relation  to charges of dishonesty and serious act of misconduct filed against her by her councilmen Segundino Perez, Edwin Ibañez, Jamala Muarip, Julmarik Samson and Salam Damang.

The approval of the resolution falls within the election period January 10-June 8, 2016 as provided in the Omnibus Election Code for the May 2016 synchronized national and local elections. During the election period, various acts such as the suspension of elective local officials (Section 261 x OEC) and transfer or movement of officers and employees in the civil service (Section 261 h of OEC) are prohibited.

But an exemption can be sought from COMELEC.

“The mayor cannot immediately act on the resolution and suspend her, we will have to ask permission (from COMELEC),” Carbon said. — (Sheila Covarrubias