CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has sworn in Vice Mayor Roderic Marzo as Iligan City Mayor on Friday.
Rene Burdeos, DILG regional director, said that Marzo would dispense the responsibilities as City Mayor following the 60-day suspension of Mayor Celso Regencia.
The DILG served the notice of suspension Friday afternoon amid the opposition of more than 1,000 supporters who barricaded the City Hall premises.
“We were able to post the notice of suspension at the door of the Office of the City Mayor. That was enough proof that the notice of suspension was served,” Burdeos said.
About 1,000 supporters barricaded the City Hall in Iligan City as Malacanang ordered the suspension of the City Mayor on allegation of “abuse of authority.”
He said Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa signed the suspension order dated March 2, 2015.
Burdeos said that Marzo assumed the mayoral post by operation of the law as the city’s Vice Mayor and Prudencio Abragan, Jr. as Vice Mayor, as the first City Councilor.
The case stemmed from the complaint with “abuse of authority” filed by the dominant Liberal Party party members of the City Council against Regencia in January last year.
In the complaint, Vice Mayor Marzo accused Regencia of abusing his authority for issuing a memorandum that reportedly prohibits department heads and the City Council from processing and approving the appointment of casual employees without the City Mayor’s approval.