TABUK CITY, Kalinga: Mayor Darwin Estrañero filed charges of grave abuse of authority and violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act against Vice Mayor Bernard Glenn Dao-as for refusing to sign duly approved resolutions and ordinances, stalling the implementation of vital projects and delaying the delivery of basic services in the city.
In his five-page affidavit filed before the Office of the Ombudsman, Estrañero said the vice mayors inaction on the approved resolutions and ordinances is in violation of anti-graft regulations stated in Republic Act 3019.
The vice mayors act of refusing to perform his duty and abusing his authority have caused grave prejudice to the people of the city since the duly approved resolutions and ordinances that were approved by the local legislative body are required for the city government to implement its plans and programs, he added.
Part of the supplemental budget that was passed by the council and was not signed by the vice mayor includes all the programs needed for the Covid-19 response plans of the city, which involves urgently needed medicines and equipment.
According to the complaint, Dao-as has been illegally keeping the official copies of resolutions and ordinances approved by the city council; has refused to perform his ministerial function of signing and releasing the copies; and has taken months to release the documents.
Estrañero said the vice mayor has no legal right or justification for delaying the release of the documents even if he had already released them after undue delay as the damage has already been done.
On Oct. 7, 2020, Dao-as issued Memorandum Order 2020-84 to the sangguniang (council) secretary, with a copy furnished to all offices of the city government, instructing that all incoming communications requiring legislative action shall first pass through his office.
On the basis of this order, Estrañero stipulated that the sangguniang secretary has refused to issue certified copies of the approved resolutions and ordinances despite several letters sent to him on the matter.
On November 9, the vice mayor admitted during the council meeting that the approved resolutions and ordinances were with him.
The vice mayor on November 10 signed the resolutions he held and were transmitted by the sangguniang secretary to the Office of the City Mayor.