THE Court of Appeals (CA) has reinstated the Mayor of Pantabangan in Nueva Ecija, who was dismissed from service by the Office of the Ombudsman.
Lucio Uera was dismissed ordering the suspension of municipal employees without legal justification in 2005.
In a 17-page decision penned by Associate Justice Stephen Cruz and concurred in by Associate Justices Myra Garcia-Fernandez and Carmelita Salandanan Manahan, the CA reversed and set aside the order of the Ombudsman.
The CA ordered Uera’s reinstatement and declared him the incumbent mayor of Pantabangan.
The case stemmed from the issuance of a memorandum order by Uera for the preventive suspension of the complainants, namely; Antonio Capia, Elizabeth Huerta, Enrico Tagle, Guillermo Mendoza and several other municipal employees for six months without pay for various offenses including unauthorized absences.
“[There] is no substantial evidence to show that the issuances of the subject memoranda had been made for personal or selfish ends, nor there is [a]reasonable ground to believe which sufficiently established that Uera acted in a capricious, whimsical and arbitrary manner with conscious and deliberate intent to do injustice to others,” the CA pointed out.