Hundreds of supporters of Mayor Lucilo Bayron have barricaded the entrance to City Hall today (Tuesday), in anticipation of an order from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) serving a termination order against Bayron from the Office of the Ombudsman.
Encouraged and supported by city government officials, the group are warning DILG officials from MIMAROPA, who have reportedly received the instruction from DILG Secretary Catalino Cuy to serve the dismissal order, to stay away from the building.
Bayron’s lawyers have also issued a terse warning to DILG, in a memorandum addressed to DILG Regional Director Florida M. Dijan, to “cease and desist” from serving the order.
“You are hereby formally warned to cease and desist from serving and carrying out any directive for the re-implementation of the OMB Judgment of dismissal dated November 18, 2016 unless sanctioned by the Court of Appeals which has clear and exclusive jurisdiction over the administrative case,” the memo stated.
The memorandum was not signed by any particular lawyer but only with a stamp Libra Law.
The memo noted a DILG letter advisory by Cuy addressed to Jose Maria Mirasol stating that the department has instructed the DILG regional office to implement the November 16, 2016 dismissal order of Bayron by the Ombudsman.
The memo said Bayron has instituted the filing of administrative case against Cuy for the order, saying it was done in violation of a Court of Appeals ruling exonerating him from the case.
“We have already commenced the filing of an administrative complaint against Sec. Cuy and other DILG officials, with an application for a cease and desist order to prevent continuing abuse of authority,” the memo stated.
“It appears that the DILG – without seeking any clearance or clarification from the CA – has completely capitulated to the OMB’s unwarranted resolve to re-implement the November 16 judgment of dismissal,” the memo said.