Cavite Gov. Remulla appeals to Sec. Roxas to intervene and resolve the Imus impasse the soonest possible time

March 25, 2013 10:46 pm 

MANILA, March 25 — Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla on Monday appealed to Interior and Local Government Sec. Mar Roxas to resolve the impasse between two contesting mayors of Imus City after employees and personnel feared not to receive their salary on time.

Remulla said even the daily transactions at the city is already affected because department chiefs are at lost on who is the official signatory between Emmanuel Maliksi and Homer Saquilayan.

“I think it’s about time for Sec. Roxas to intervene and implement the order of the Supreme Court and recognized that Mayor Saquilayan is the duly elected mayor of Imus,” Remulla told reporters at the weekly forum, Kapihan sa Diamond Hotel. “What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.”

He said Roxas should show fairness as he heads the (DILG) just what he did to Cebu Governor Gwendoline Garcia whose office was padlocked when the governor attended a public gathering in her province.

“This is the time for Sec. Roxas to exercise fairness by not looking the party affiliation of the affected parties,” Remulla stressed as he claims that the SC decision is final and executory.

The governor claimed that Cebu Governor Garcia was dislodged from her office using the DILG order but in this case, they cannot implement the order of the High Tribunal ordering Maliksi to step down and allow Saquilayan, the duly elected mayor of the city to assume office.

Maliksi is a member of Liberal Party while Saquilayan is a Nacionalista Party member. Although the two parties are allies in the national level, both political groups exercise free zones in the local level.

UNA senatorial candidate Migz Zubiri had called on the attention of the administration to exercise fairness by not defying the orders of the SC despite the aggrieve party is their partymate.

Remulla claims that he worried about the clamor of Imus City personnel who were caught between the two warring city executives.

He said that the grievances of affected personnel reached his office but his hands are tied because he cannot do anything to end the impasse.

Maliksi had claimed last week that he has filed motion for reconsideration before the SC waiting for the resolution as he insists that the directive for him to leave the mayoral post was irregular since the order should have come from the regional trial court and served by the Department of Interior and Local Government. (PNA)

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