ILOILO CITY: Vice Governor Rhodora Cadiao is now Antique’s new governor after the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) served on Tuesday morning the writ of execution issued by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to oust Gov. Exequiel Javier from office.
DILG Regional Director Anthony Nuyda served the writ to Javier who was no longer in his office when the DILG team arrived.
Cadiao was sworn into office by Regional Trial Court (RTC) Judge Nerry Duremdes after the DILG ordered her to assume the post vacated by Javier.
The order to oust Javier stemmed from the disqualification petition filed by Ray-mundo Roquero, husband of Valderrama Mayor Mary Joyce Roquero who was placed by Javier under a preventive suspension even if Javier was prevented to do so by an election ban. It also appeared that the Comelec has not given Javier to suspend any of the officials under him.
Roquero, together with lawyer Cornelio Aldon, filed the disqualification case in March 2013.
Nuyda, accompanied by a Comelec official, went up the New Capitol Building to serve the writ of execution to Javier, but the latter was no longer in the office to receive it personally.
The DILG director said they had to post the writ of execution on the door of the office of Javier and recognized Cadiao as his successor.
Nuyda described the situation to be peaceful with the supporters of Javier no longer protesting.
Cadiao, in an interview after she was recognized by the DILG, said she is happy that the commotion and chaos is now over in Antique. She added that finally, there is change in Antique.
”It’s now time to go back to work,” Cadiao told the chiefs of offices and employees of the provincial government as she vowed to work for the implementation of the third tranche of salary standardization and the reinstatement of employees who were allegedly unceremoniously removed by Javier.
She also said that as the new governor, she will put priorities to health, education and tourism.
Meanwhile, Board Member Edgar Denosta, who has also been ordered by the DILG to assume the post left vacant by Cadiao, was also to take oath yesterday.