Controversial Narra mayor Gerandy Danao has filed administrative charges against ex-mayor Lucena Demaala, vice mayor Crispin Lumba, members of the Sangguniang Bayan of his town, and three provincial board members.
Mayor Danao said Monday in a press conference that the recent charges against him prompted him to file dereliction of duty, grave misconduct, gross negligence, and violation of Section 3 of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act against each of the respondents at the Palawan provincial board.
On May 18, Lumba and the municipal council filed three separate administrative charges against Danao for grave misconduct, gross negligence, and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of service.
The cases involved the alleged procedural lapses in executive decisions performed by Danao, including the granting of a cockpit permit to an individual and late filing of the town’s budget ordinance.
“Sila ang nauna [mag-file ng kaso] kaya ginawa na natin ito, mas marami silang haharapin. Basta ako malinis ang konsensya ko, gusto nila ako mapaalis kasi marami silang tinatago. Bahala sila mag-file kung gusto nila basta hindi ako aalis sa puwesto,” Danao said.
The three provincial board members facing administrative violations before the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) are board members Ryan Maminta, Ferdinand Zaballa, and Prince Demaala IV.
The same charges will also be filed in the Ombudsman against ex-mayor Demaala.
“Kakasuhan din po natin sila pero sa ngayon ito muna. ‘Yong kila Maminta ay sa DILG po natin ipapasok then ‘yong kay Lucena Demaala ay sa Ombudsman ‘yan. ‘Yong mga kaso ng mga datihan na ito related sa sabungan kasi nag-ooperate pala ‘yan mula 2016 na walang klarong papel for three years. Itong bagong sabungan na nag-comply at nabigyan ng license at endorsement ay ‘yon ang tinitingnan nila,” Danao said.
“Maghintay lang sila kasi marami pa akong ilalaban sa kanila. Sa ngayon ito muna pero mayron pa. Kaya ‘yong kinakaso nila sa akin dapat masiguro nila na may tatamaan, sa panahon mg pandemic ito ang ginawa nila, naghahanap lang ng butas,” he added.
Referring to governor Jose Chaves Alvarez’s earlier statement offering help to him, he said he will meet with him but did not close when.
“Lalapit naman ako kay governor, hindi pa kasi ako nakakapunta sa kanya pero pupuntahan ko siya sa tamang panahon,” Danao said.
Danao is set to have his State of the Municipal Address (SOCA) on June 19.