Dumanjug Mayor Nelson Gamaliel Garcia assured Governor Hilario P. Davide III he will heed the preventive suspension order.
“Nia gyud ko to assure the governor nga di ko mo resist, that I will heed the order preventing me to hold office for 60 days as mayor of Dumanjug,” Garcia said.
Garcia, who claimed that he did not yet receive the order until now, met with the governor on Monday (April 14) at the Capitol.
Gov. Davide thanked Garcia for his gesture. He told the reporters that the issue on preventive suspension is now settled.
While he is placed under preventive suspension, the governor allowed the suspended mayor to go in and out of his office.
Vice Mayor Efren Gica now serves as acting mayor of the town. The governor also said Gica will hold office outside the mayor’s office.
“He assured me also nga ang opisina sa mayor dili gyud hilabtan,” said the governor.
Garcia was preventively suspended pending the resolution of the usurpation of authority case filed against him by Gica. This was a similar case filed against his sister former Governor Gwendolyn Garcia that eventually led to her six-month suspension last year.
Provincial Legal Officer Atty. Orvi Ortega served the suspension last Friday but Garcia was not around. Garcia was reportedly attending a graduation exercise in a barangay in Dumanjug. Xerxes Alkuino