Iligan City Mayor temporarily lifts curfew hours

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ILIGAN CITY – Mayor Celso Regencia on Monday lifted up temporarily the implementation of curfew hours here.

This after three days when Regencia went back to his office from his three-month preventive suspension.   He was previously charged with usurpation of authority for performing his duties while in detention from October 2015 to January 2017.

Regencia was linked to the ambush try on Iligan City Rep. Vicente “Varf” Belmonte Jr. on December 11, 2014 but was released on January 2017 after the multiple murder and frustrated murder cases filed against him were dismissed by the court.

In an Executive Order No. 132, series of 2018, signed September 10, Regencia cites the monthlong city fiesta celebration as the reason of the lifting up of the curfew which runs from 12 o’clock midnight to 4:00 o’clock dawn.

“There is a need to relax the implementation of the curfew hours to give way on the celebration of the 2018 Diyandi Festival sa Iligan,” the executive order states.

The local government unit implemented curfew hours in the city after President Rodrigo Duterte declared Martial Law in Mindanao because of the Marawi siege last year.

The Diyandi Festival opened on September 1. Although Iliganons will celebrate the actual fiesta on the 29th, the celebration will culminate on October 7.- Divina Suson/ NewsLine

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