NARRA, Palawan — The Sangguniang Bayan of Narra has filed three separate administrative cases before the provincial government against Mayor Gerandy Danao, a move which the latter claimed as political harassment.
In a 14-page joint affidavit-complaint filed on May 18, the municipal council headed by vice mayor Crispin Lumba Jr. and concurred by 10 councilors also sought Danao’s preventive suspension by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.
Danao, a first-term mayor, is facing three administrative raps lodged by the municipal council for “grave misconduct”, “gross negligence”, and his “conduct prejudicial to the best interest of service”.
The grave misconduct complaint against Danao was based on a permit he issued to the cockpit arena in Barangay Antipuluan, which allegedly did not have the approval of the local Sanggunian.
The municipal council also accused Danao of failing to prepare and submit an Executive Budget for 2020 within the deadline set by the council.
They also claimed Danao failed to enforce and implement Municipal Ordinance No. 2020-976, an ordinance appropriating P9,864,598.24 for the purchase of equipment and facilities in response to COVID-19 threat.
The Sanggunian Bayan also accused Danao of mismanagement that allegedly led to the decrease in the productivity of the Narra Municipal Water System.
Danao, speaking to the media on Wednesday, dismissed the charges and accused his entire legislative branch of trying to oust him for political reasons.
“Ang mga miyembro ng Sangguniang Bayan ay parang mga uwak na uhaw na uhaw sa kapangyarihan naghihintay kung paano ako masibak,” Danao said.
“Naghihintay sila na magkamali ako at hindi para tulungan ako. Ang pang-gigipit na ito ay tatanggapin ko. Lalaban ako, para sa bayan ng Narra. Hindi ito para sa akin,” he added.
Danao said that he was blindsided by the council’s move as the local government is busy with addressing concerns related to the ongoing global pandemic crisis.
“Ito ay labis kong ikinagulat dahil sa kabila ng kaabalahan natin, na nangangailangan ng tulong dahil sa ikinakaharap nating pandemic ang mga magigiting pala nating mga lingkod bayan ay nagpulong pulong sa restaurant sa Narra at ang inatupag ay kung paano ako pahirapan at dagdagan ang pasaning ating kinakaharap,” Danao said.
Danao declined to discuss the charges against him, saying he has yet to receive copies of the formal complaints.
(With reports from Romar Miranda)