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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, January 12, 2011
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Mayor denies suspension,
7 others appeal dismissal


Ilog Mayor John Paul Alvarez yesterday denied that he had been suspended from his post in connection with a criminal case filed against him for town funds spent for the repair of a vehicle donated to the Department of Education about five years ago.

Alvarez said he has been cleared of the administrative charges for graft in connection with the vehicle repair issue and his lawyer has appealed the Ombudsman’s ruling that the criminal case, which included him, be elevated to the Sandiganbayan.

About seven other Ilog government employees, including district supervisor Arcenia Juanero were ordered dismissed in the administrative case.

Juanero, however, had already retired when the order was released late last year.

Alvarez, however, did not release the names of those ordered dismissed, including those from the town’s Bid’s and Awards Committee, saying the matter is under appeal.

A complaint had been filed against the Ilog officials for the release of P93,000 plus for the repair of a Pajero donated by the town government to the DepEd.

The payment was allegedly made even before the repair was completed, a claim the respondents have denied.*CPG




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