Vice Mayor Romulo Peña will be taking over the Makati City Hall on Monday.
A Malacañang official said on Saturday that the six-month preventive suspension order against Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay will be served on Monday.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government was specifically tasked by the Office of the Ombudsman to implement its order which was “immediately executory”.
The suspension order, signed by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, stemmed from the plunder and graft complaint in connection with the allegedly anomalous construction of the Makati City Hall Building II.
Binay has not left the City Hall since the Ombudsman announced his suspension last Wednesday. His supporters have since thronged the City Hall premises to thwart efforts to serve the order.
A defiant Binay earlier said he will not leave his office and questioned the legality of the Ombudsman’s order. His camp on Friday filed a petition for certiorari before the Court of Appeals to stop the implementation of the order.
Assistant Ombudsman Asryman Rafanan had said they may move to have Binay arrested and cited in contempt if he continues to defy the suspension order against him.
“The Ombudsman has the power to cite a person in contempt if he disobeys an order of the Ombudsman,” Rafanan said Thursday.
Valte, in an interview with Radyo ng Bayan on Saturday, said she hopes “cooler heads will prevail” when the order is served.
“We’re hoping that calmer minds and cooler heads will prevail because in this particular case, the DILG has been tasked by the Office of the Ombudsman to carry out the suspension order,” she said.
“And it is clear that succession, in case of suspension of the mayor, will be handed over to the vice mayor,” Valte added.