The Court of Appeals Eighth Division, through Associate Justice Japar Dimaampao, has promulgated a “Noted without Action” decision today, February 9, for the Petition for Review filed by Puerto Princesa Mayor Lucilo Bayron regarding the Ombudsman’s dismissal order against the chief exec.
Bayron appealed for a ‘Petition for Review’ (with application for the issuance of a Temporary Restraining Order or TRO, and/or Writ of Preliminary Injunction) regarding the said dismissal order, which ruled that the Mayor and his son Karl are administratively liable for grave misconduct and serious dishonesty following a complaint filed by a certain Aldrin Madreo.
“Ang sabi ng Court of Appeals, hindi daw final and executory ang decision. Samakatuwid kung ano man ang sinasabi na ipapatanggal na si Mayor ay hindi po totoo. Ang sabi ng CA hintayin natin ang decision ng Ombudsman sa Motion for Reconsideration. Habang wala pang resolution sa Ombudsman ay status quo po muna,” Atty. Winston Gonzales, Bayron’s Chief Legal Counsel, announced before hundreds of the Mayor’s supporters in front of the City Hall this afternoon.
Gonzales also explained in an interview with Palawan News that the decision cannot be interpreted as “denied”. “Ang petition for review ay noted without action. Ang paliwanag ng Court of Appeals, walang dapat aksyunan kasi walang dapat tanggalin sa puwesto,” he explained.
Bayron’s supporters have conducted a barricade and prayer rally in the New City Hall since yesterday due to reports that the DILG will serve anytime the local chief exec’s dismissal order. Gonzales said the reports are baseless since no documents have surfaced yet ordering the DILG to implement the Ombudsman’s decision.