No order had come out this week from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) dismissing Mayor Lucilo Bayron in connection with his long-drawn case for “serious dishonesty” that has been hounding city hall in the recent months.
A letter addressed to DILG Secretary Catalino Cuy and received by the department on September 11, 2017, Deputy Ombudsman Gerard Mosquera called on the DILG “to cause the immediate issuance of an order of dismissal against respondent Lucilo Bayron pursuant to the decision of the Ombudsman dated 18 November 2016 and Order dated 6 July 2017.”
No action was taken by the DILG as the period for the order’s implementation set by the Ombudsman lapsed this week.
Detractors of the embattled city mayor held a rally mid week demanding that the DILG abide by the latest order of the Ombudsman instructing the department to implement its ruling.
City DILG Director Rey Maranan said Tuesday they have yet to receive any instruction from their central office to comply with an order from the Ombudsman received by the department on September 11 to “cause the immediate issuance of an order of dismissal against [Bayron].”
On Wednesday, less than 200 supporters of Vice Mayor Luis Marcaida held a prayer rally in a village gym near City Hall protesting the alleged inaction of the DILG and demanding that Marcaida be installed as the permanent city mayor under the rule of succession provided for in the Local Government Code.
Maranan in an interview said they are seeking clarification from the DILG legal department on how the rule of succession will apply in the case of Puerto Princesa City considering that the vice mayor, who is first in rank for designation as mayor, is at present detained for drug related charges.
“We want to address the question of how to treat this situation since Marcaida is under detention. We will let jurisprudence take action as there had been similar cases before,” Maranan said.