Sandiganbayan suspends Sipalay City Mayor 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Sandiganbayan has ordered the 90-day preventive suspension against  Sipalay City, Negros Occidental Mayor Oscar Montilla, Jr.

In a three-page Resolution, the anti-graft court directed Montilla “to cease and desist from performing and/or exercising the functions and duties as well as receiving and/or enjoying the salaries, benefits, and privileges of his present public position or any other present public position he may now or hereafter be holding effective upon notice and continuing for 90 days.”

The Office of the Ombudsman in Visayas indicted Montilla in January 2017 for  repeatedly delaying the implementation of the Ombudsman’s suspension order against city employees Evangeline Seneres, Eva Sabusap, Fernando Balhin, Noel Villanueva and Renato Manilla.

The charge sheet stated that Montilla “gave unwarranted benefit and advantage to Seneres, et al. by delaying for years, without legal basis, the implementation of the said suspension despite repeated directives from the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas, to the detriment of public service.”

The Secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government was directed to enforce and implement the suspension pendente lite order.-Jiann A. Padillo/