THE Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Thursday said it will first seek a clarification before implementing the suspension order issued by the Office of the Ombudsman against two Capiz government officials.
Interior Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento, in a statement issued to members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) press corps, said that the department received anorder from the Office of the Ombudsman directing the suspension of Victor Tanco Sr., and Vladimir Tanco, the governor and security officer III of the Provincial Government of Capiz.
Sarmiento said they will first seek clarification from the Ombudsman before they take further action on the order of the Ombudsman.
He added that his department has consistently complied with the agreement, that is, first seeking a clarification especially if it involves the pos-sible application of the Aguinaldo Doctrine.
The Interior Secretary said he observed this protocol in the implementation of the Ombudsman’s orders in previous cases such as that of Silay City Mayor Jose Montelibano, Isabela City Mayor Cherrlylyn Akbar, Victoria, Oriental Mindoro Mayor Alfredo Ortega Mayor, among others.
Sarmiento said that considering that the acts that are the subject of the administrative case against Governor Tanco were committed in 2012.
He was subsequently re-elected in 2013.
The DILG on October 22 requested a clarification from the Office of the Ombudsman regarding the applicability of the Aguinaldo Doctrine.
“We are yet to receive a response from their office,” the Interior Secretary said.
Sarmiento added that with regard to the suspension order against the younger Tanco, the Department finds the Aguinaldo Doctrine inapplicable.
“Thus a directive for the immediate implementation of the dismissal order was issued,” Sarmiento said.