Most senior City government officials have expressed relief at the decision of the Court of Appeals dismissing the suspension case against mayor Lucilo Bayron and expressed hopes that the city government can not get back on track to normal operations.
“I’m very happy with the CA’s decision. Mayor Bayron finally gets the justice he deserves. At ang magandang serbisyong naudlot ay maipagpapatuloy na,” Vice Mayor Nancy Socrates said.
“Sana ito na yung mag-tuldok sa mga usapin at makapag move on na ang city hall natin. Ngayon siguro, ito na ang makakapag pave ng way na maisip natin na ito na, dito na tayo. Ito ang ating kapitan ng barko, guide na natin kung saan tayo dadalhin ng administrasyon na ito,” city information officer Richard Ligad said.
On Monday, the appeals court overturned the recent ruling of the Ombudsman to re-impose sanctions against Bayron on the case for “grave misconduct and serious dishonesty” filed by a certain Aldren Madreo in 2003.
“Expected ko yung decision na yun personally kasi wala naman talagang matibay na batayan ang Ombudsman. Vindication yun kay mayor at sampal sa Ombudsman ang decision ng CA,” Councilor Henry Gadiano said.
The CA decision also stopped the Ombudsman from implementing its decision and reinstating Vice Mayor Luis Marcaida as city mayor.
Marcaida, who had severed his previous alliance with Bayron, expressed surprise at the CA decision and claimed that the case will be elevated to the Supreme Court to appeal the CA ruling.
“Hindi ko alam kung saan hinugot ng CA ang desisyon pero hindi natin tinatanggalan ng karapatan ang complainant na mag apela. Sigurado [ako] na aakyat sa Supreme Court ang usapin dahil tiyak na magsasampan ng Motion for Reconsideration ang complainant sa CA at kapag na deny iaakyat sa Supreme Court,” Marcaida said.
The 17-page ruling dated August 7 was issued by the 6th Division of the Court of Appeals and penned by Associate Justice Japar B. Dimaampao.