Leyte governor faces suspension


Another provincial governor may soon join unseated governor E.R. Ejercito of Laguna province but for another offense.

Charges of illegal arrest and serious illegal detention, and grave abuse of authority have been filed before the Office of the President against embattled Gov. Roger Mercado of Southern Leyte province.

Lawyer Winsor Calamba, representing a group of businessmen allegedly ordered illegally arrested by Mercado, said the governor is facing an administrative complaint in Malacanang for grave misconduct, abuse of authority, conduct prejudicial to service and oppression.

“Mercado should be immediately suspended to prevent him from using his office to influence both the administrative and criminal cases,” Calamba said during a press conference in Quezon City.

The complaints were filed one October 16 by two of 11 persons allegedly detained illegally by Mercado on October 10, for alleged illegal quarrying of gravel and sand in Sogod, Southern Leyte.

But Calamba said the complainants, led by Captain Federico Ozon, had a quarrying permit from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

Under the new Mining Act or Republic Act No. 7942, extraction of gravel and sand in an area exceeding five hectares is under the authority of the MGB. Those below five hectares require a governor’s permit.

Calamba said Mercado, who is a lawyer himself, broke the law and defied a court injunction prohibiting the governor from enforcing a controversial provincial ordinance that extended his authority beyond the five-hectare limit.

The governor ordered the illegal arrest and detention of Ozon, Emmanuel Maucesa, Aldrin Canete, Rolly Taglocop, Hernani Halipa Jr., Emmylou Sinaga and Rodel Tabacan Ozon while they were in a crushing plant in Subangdaku in Sogod.

They were forced under threat to their lives to board a provincial-owned bus and brought to the Provincial Police Headquarters against their will.

The Maasin City police refused to detain them, Calamba said, because they were illegally arrested in Sogod without any MGB or DENR personnel and with only the governor’s environmental officers present.

“Warrantless arrests are not obtaining as well such that the very act complained of is aggravated as shown by the police report,” said Calamba.

Based on a police report, the Philippine National Police regional headquarters in the Bicol region ordered its field operating men to disengage from the governor’s party, sensing that the arrest made without a in court order.

Mercado “clearly violated the mandates of the Local Government Code of 1991”, Calamba said, and “appeared to have pursued his own political agenda to persecute his perceived political opponents.”


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    It was also Roger G.Mercado who shot and narrowly missed his opponent Cong. Saludo together with Atty. Gerardo Dator after they alighted from a helicopter at Pilot School in Mantahan, Maasin, So. Leyte. The helicopter was hit and burst into flames. I keep wondering why they did not file a case against Oging.

  2. The title “Leyte governor faces suspension” should have a “Southern” prefix. Because it is suppose to be “Southern Leyte governor faces suspension”, in fairness to the governor of Leyte. Southern Leyte and Leyte are two separate provinces in Region Eight.

  3. I am so glad that all my wish was happen.coz they are not the right person to be a leader I wish matalsik na sila kasi sila ang nagpapahirap sa mga kababayan namin ang mga Tao ang dapat nila pahalagahan kasi ang mga Tao ang nagpasweldo sa kanila sana pakinggan ang hiling ng mga tao at ang mga police na abusado dapat matanggal din.

  4. I agree that because they are not the right person to be a leader for leytenos people. And also the mayor too they can’t control the tax.subra cila magcharge ng buwis sa mga mahirap.pati small business subra ang interest even just one month too much charge even vendors they charge too much and the BIR too they can’t consider the situation of the people even if u ask them a favor they don’t care and they will say to close the operation even if you only miss a couple of Mons. Ang mga taong marihap lalong pinahapan nila.

  5. Salbahis na ang Gobernor sa Southern Leyte, gihimo ra nilang korporasyon ang probinsya. Mora pod na ug si Binay magbayloay ra managsoun ug anak human sa ilang termino! PRISOHA NA KAY ABUSADO!


    Roger G. Mercado doesn’t belong to the Liberal Party. He really wanted to join LP in 2013 (they even included pinoy in their campaign materials) but he was rejected because when pinoy and the rest of the LP candidates came to our town (Maasin City) in 2010 elections, they were not allowed to use the Maasin City gym for their political rally. Besides, Pinoy doesn’t want to have a corrupt politician joining LP, right? He and his brother who is now the congressman of the lone district of so. leyte and their allies are all corrupt just like Binay in Makati. There were cases filed against them (2007) in the Ombudsman but were all dismissed not because they don’ have substance but merely due to bribery. I would be very happy if he will be suspended so that southern leyteños can find a new leader that can bring them to prosperity. They always resort to vote buying during elections and even used threat to those who supported their political opponents.

  7. Im from maasin. Hindi sya kaalyado ng LP. Anti Pnoy itong governor na to. Sana masuspende na tong governor namin dito kc sobra na ang kanyang pang-aabuso sa aming probinsya. Halos lahat na lng mercado ang namumuno sa so. Leyte. Ang daming ng kaso ang governor na ito. Lahat hindi umuusad kc naiimpluwensyahan nya lahat ng mga judges dito sa lugar namin. Ala ng boses ang taumbayan dito. Mas malala pa ang sitwasyon namin sa mga ampatuan.

  8. If we take down all the abusive and arrogant local government governors and mayors, then majority of our cities & towns would have vacancies. It’s a reality, and a sad thing for the poor & powerless Filipino grass root people.