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Ombudsman finds Cateel mayor guilty of misconduct
23 January 2018

The Office of the Ombudsman ordered the one-month suspension of Cateel, Davao Oriental Mayor Erlinda Nuñez after she was found administratively liable for Simple Misconduct.  

The complaint alleged that “the position of 7th Barangay Kagawad in Barangay Poblacion became vacant after the number one Barangay Kagawad succeeded to the position of the Barangay Captain who was elected as the municipal councilor in the May 2016 elections.”

Investigators found that in July 2016, Nuñez appointed a certain Joan Grace Cadalzo to the position of Barangay Kagawad of Barangay Poblacion despite the issuance of Barangay Resolution No. 016-2016 dated 20 July 2016 recommending Aldrin Castro to fill in the vacant post.

The 04 January 2018 Decision ruled that “respondent’s appointment of Cadalzo violates Section 45 of Republic Act No. 7160 (Local Government Code) which provides that permanent vacancies in the Sanggunian where automatic succession [does not apply] shall be filled by appointment in the following manner:  the city or municipal mayor, in the case of the sangguniang barangay, upon recommendation of the sangguniang barangay concerned.”

“It is clear from the above-provision that the Mayor’s power to appoint a Barangay Kagawad is subject to the recommendation of the Sangguniang Barangay. Prior to its recommendation, however, [Nuñez] already appointed Cadalzo as Barangay Kagawad,” added the Decision. ###