Topic: A SPECIAL REPORT
A special report
Excerpt from the Nov. 11 2006 issue of BUDYONG Vol.XIV, No.6 A publication of Carigara 400,Inc.
Lawsuits Filed vs. Mayor and SB Members
Samuel Escorial, President, Carigara Market Business Vendors Association;
Priscilla Metran, and Arnulfo AIberca, Chairman and President, respectively,Carigara Fish and other Vendors Association,
Samuel L. Llose, Carigara Fish Dealers Association;
Olympia L. Arminal, President, Carigara Rice Retailers Association;
Cerilo Venturina, Carigara Farmers Association;
Ma. A velina P. Virray, President, Carigara Vegetable Farmers Association;
Edith A. Gonzaga. Stall holder. Carigara Public Market,
Narzal CabaIles, President, Senior Citizens Carigara Chapter;
Rebecca Lianza, Carigara Women's Association;
Diosdada C. Labastida, Holy Cross Parish Pastoral Counsel; and
Villa Aurora R. Seneca. Concerned Citizen,
together with three Barangay Captains:
Clint P. Tonolete of Barangay Baybay,
Florencia A. Nitura of Barangay. Libo, and
Benjamin P. Irlandez of Barangay. Paragum filed Civil Case No. 2249 at the Regional Trial Court Branch 13, Carigara. On Sept. 14, 2006 at 3:30 PM for the Certiorari, Prohibition, and Injunction with Prayer for Temporary Restraining Order and Writ of Preliminary injunction against the Municipal Government of Carigara, Leyte, Municipal Mayor Anlie Go Apostol andSangguniang Bayan of Carigara, Leyte composed of:
Vice Mayor Remigio A. Lauron
Ulpiano U. Arpon, Jr.
Santiago Gil G. Lloren,
Rogelio R. Candaza,
Neil de la Pena,
Anabella N. Crisostomo,
Benito B. Go, Jr.,
Myra Mae L. Cantapay; and
Land Bank of the Philippines.
Civil Case 2249 is filed to avert or cease the release of P46,500,000.00 loan by the LGU Carigara from the Land Bank of the Philippines for the construction of the New Public Market, Transport Terminal & ice Plant. According to the petitioners, the above are not priority projects for Carigara and the Municipal Development Council wherein some of the petitioners are members who were not convened to determine the priority of the project as required by R.A No. 7160 of the Local Government. Code of 1991, sections 106 and 296 which is the basic policy of any local government unit if ever it will avail of credit facilities.
Petitioners were forced to file a case because, according to them, they will be very much affected financially if ever the loan is approved and released to the LGU. For sure the rentals of their leased stalls will increase, plus other charges, which the LGU will impose to keep up with its amortizations.
On the other hand Erwin R. Darantinao former SK Federation President of Carigara, Leyte (1996-2002) and was thus an ex-officio member of the Sangguniang Bayan filed a criminal case complaint with the Ombudsman on October I5, 2006 for Falsification of Public Document under Article 171 (4) of the Revised Penal Code, and administrative charges for the Commission of an Offense 1nvolving Moral Turpitude, Dishonesty, and Gross Misconduct against Hon. Mayor Anlie Go Apostol, Hon. Sangguniang Bayan Members Ulpiano U. Arpon Jr.. Alejandro C. Larraga.. Silvino Maria T. Adizas III, Anabella N. Crisosrtomo, Rogelio R. Candaza and Benito B. Go Jr.
The complaint started when Mayor Apostol deliberately and willfully lied or made untruthful statement in a narration of facts in her capacity as chairman of the Municipal Development Council wherein she signed Resolution 05209 which states that construction of the new Public Market, Terminal, and Ice Plant are priority projects of the Municipality when in fact she has not even convened the Municipal Development Council, which has the right to declare such projects as priority projects.