Friday, October 24, 2014

SP suspends Bangui mayor for 6 monthsBangui

Bangui mayor Diosdado Garvida
By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff reporter

Laoag City—The Sangguniang Panlalawigan recommended the suspension of Bangui mayor Diosdado Garvida for gross misconduct, disloyalty, grave abuse of authority and oppression.

The suspension is for six months.

In a 19-page decision unanimously approved by members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan on October 9 and was received by the Office of the Bangui Mayor on October 14, the board said Mr. Garvida failed to prove his innocence when witnesses accused him of firing his gun while trying to stop a quarry operator from extracting gravel and sand without any permit.

Based on the decision, the SP believes the allegations of illegal quarrying activities on the part of the complainant, Kremlin Alupay of Barangay Masikil, Bangui, Ilocos Norte “could not justify the manner by which the mayor responded to the situation. The respondent mayor cannot put the law into his own hands. We live in a society under the rule of law and the law provided ample remedies to punish those who violate our laws.”

As of press time, Ilocos Norte Governor Ma. Imelda “Imee” R. Marcos has yet to issue an order to execute the SP decision.

On April 7, 2014, Mr. Alupay filed an administrative case against Mr. Garvida with prayer for preventive suspension.

The case stemmed from an April 2 incident where Mr. Garvida allegedly fired his gun and also poked it to the loader operator, identified as Jeffrey Dalisay together with two companions in Taguipuro village where the group was extracting sand and gravel in a private lot owned by Mr. Alupay.


Earlier, the SP suspended Garvida for one month so as not to influence the SP hearing.

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