ALBUERA, Leyte: Mayor Ramon de la Cerna Jr. of this town resigned his post after losing to mayor-elect Rolando Espinosa with a wide margin of votes during the May 9 polls.
Outgoing Vice Mayor Norman Mesina was sworn into the vacated office of de la Cerna, while Municipal Councilor Catalina Tolero took the position of Mesina to serve six weeks before the recently-elected officials assume office on July 1.
De la Cerna and Mesina both lost to Espinosa and his running mate.
Aside from de la Cerna, Municipal Administrator Lyra de la Cerna, San Pedro village chairman Henry de la Cerna, and executive assistant Arman Menesis also resigned from their positions.
There was no explanation for the de la Cernas’ resignation but sources close to their family said they fear for their lives after losing in the elections.
Sources who requested not to be named told The Manila Times that Mesina and Tolera were also adamant to accept the post because but they could be held liable under the law if they refuse.
Albuera was placed by the military under the Areas of Concern, and a battalion of troops from the Philippine Army’s 78th IB was deployed there during the election period.