The suspension case of President Roxas Mayor Receliste Escolin is not yet final and executory, according to Capiz Governor Fredenil Castro.
Castro issued the statement, denying allegations that he was delaying the implementation of Escolin’s three-month suspension.
Reports said that the governor had already received the directive from the Office of the Ombudsman. (http://tinyurl.com/bdrx9jw5)
He, however, clarified that it was not yet final and executory because Escolin had filed an Omnibus Motion for Reconsideration with prayer to hold in abeyance the implementation order.
Castro, according to reports, has sent letters to the Ombudsman and the Department of Interior and Local Government that he will immediately implement the order once it is final and executory.
In a three-page Order of Implementation dated December 1, 2023 but only recently made available, the Ombudsman directed Castro to implement the decision, with a request to submit the compliance certificate to the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas.
“Wherefore, Governor Fredenil Castro is hereby directed to implement immediately the penalty herein imposed against respondent. Action taken on the order of implementation shall be reported through attached compliance report and certificate and submitted to the office of the Ombudsman within 5 days from receipt hereof of the action taken therein,” it said.
“Let it be known that refusal or failure of any officer without just cause to comply with an order of the office of the Ombudsman to remove, suspend, demote, fine or censor shall be ground for disciplinary action against said officer.”