Defiant Aurora mayor refuses to vacate town hall

from The Philippine Star by Manny Galvez:

Embattled Mayor Marilyn Marquez has vowed to hold on to her post until the lapse of her 60-day preventive suspension later this month.

Superintendent Teodoro Saclolo, provincial police director, said the feisty Marquez, in explaining her refusal to vacate the municipal hall, gave assurances that she was willing to face the consequences of her action, including a possible additional six-month suspension.

Marquez made the statement during a meeting here with Saclolo, lawyer Rolando Calabarzon and lawyer Ofelio Tactac, assistant regional director and legal officer, respectively of the Department of the Interior and Local Governments (DILG) when they paid her a visit to inform her of the legal consequences of her refusal to vacate the town hall.

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previous news from inq7.net : Aurora Mayor Defies suspension Order

Note: This is not an original Batangbaler article. I’m just providing a hyperlink to the news from The Philippine Star website. Batangbaler has no comments regarding this issue. Just want to clear things up because someone asked me to “go easy” on Mayor Marquez. I don’t need to go hard or easy on Mayor Marquez. I just don’t.

The complete news:

Defiant Aurora mayor refuses to vacate town hall
The Philippine Star 09/13/2006

DINALUNGAN, Aurora — Embattled Mayor Marilyn Marquez has vowed to hold on to her post until the lapse of her 60-day preventive suspension later this month.

Superintendent Teodoro Saclolo, provincial police director, said the feisty Marquez, in explaining her refusal to vacate the municipal hall, gave assurances that she was willing to face the consequences of her action, including a possible additional six-month suspension.

Marquez made the statement during a meeting here with Saclolo, lawyer Rolando Calabarzon and lawyer Ofelio Tactac, assistant regional director and legal officer, respectively of the Department of the Interior and Local Governments (DILG) when they paid her a visit to inform her of the legal consequences of her refusal to vacate the town hall.

As of press time, a 60-man police contingent remains encamped at the municipal compound to prevent possible outbreak of violence between the camps of Marquez and supporters of acting mayor Harvey Tubera.

Marquez continues to discharge her functions, even signing checks in spite of the fact that this will not be recognized by the municipal government’s depository bank.

Saclolo said they have defused the tension between the two camps with the presence of policemen from the Regional Mobile Force (RMF), the Provincial Mobile Group (PMG) and the Dinalungan police.

“So far, the presence of the police has kept the peace,” he said.

Saclolo said that the municipal employees could not do anything but follow the mayor out of fear that they would be punished. “They seemed to be intimidated and are afraid of reprisal from the mayor. After all, her suspension would lapse on Oct. 3,” he said.

Marquez said the decision of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and Gov. Bellaflor Angara-Castillo to suspend her and Vice Mayor Virgie Callejo based on the administrative complaint filed by the Industries Development Corp. (IDC) was “very erroneous.”— Manny Galvez

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9 thoughts on “Defiant Aurora mayor refuses to vacate town hall”

  1. hy ang galing talaga ni mayor marquez noh…. panawagan sa media sa Pinas pkibantayan ang operation ng logging at pkisubaybayan ang mga namu2no sa AURORA PROVINCE MARAMI PONG SALAMAT

  2. talagang magaling c mayor marquez kahit sinong itapat ai anu he,he ganyan dapat lahat ng leader di maluho at di nasi2law sa salapi di q nga alam sa mga taga din. ai di marunong pumili ng magi2ng leader excuse lng ha di q taga dinalungan but i know what´´s hapenning there marming salamat….

  3. Tanung laang. Sinu baga ang talagang mga loggers diyan sa Dinalungan? Go to Google map and you can tell exactly what’s going on in the future of Dinalungan.

  4. para s u mayor tubigan saludo ako s u!binabati kita s ung katapatan s panunungkulan bilang mayor ng dinalungan.at s walang sawa mong pagtulong s mga mahihirap mong kababayan.at nag papasalamat din po ako dahil na22lungan mo ang aking magulang at mga kapatid jan sa Dinalungan.kaya Mayor Mabuhay ka!

  5. para s u Wilfred Coralde ng Dinalungan sana man lang maisipan mong E-mail ako d2. teka lang bakla pa rin ba c tayong? kc nakita ko picture nya d2 sa site n 2 eh!san lugar b un?

  6. I am bonafide resident of Dinalungan, and i know exacly what happen during that time of suspension because i was there. The truth is, ang case ng bangus fry causing the mayor’s suspension, front nalang yun to unseat her para makapag-logging sa amin because she strongly opposing logging and mining! Actually, i’ve never seen any Mayor before like her for the improvement she made in my town! Comparing to the previous and also dun sa nagtake-over ng position nila, i can shout with all my pride Mayor Marquez still the best!!! That’s all and Thank you!

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