Monday Sep, 23 2019 10:01:35 PM

90-day suspension of Gov. Catamco begins

Local News • 16:30 PM Fri Aug 23, 2019
John M. Unson
North Cotaabto Gov. Nancy Catamco smiles as she listens to questions durinig news conference on her suspension at AJ High Time Hotel in Kidapawan City. (contributed photo)

NORTH COTABATO --- Gov. Nancy Catamco announced Friday her 90-day suspension from office is only a temporary setback for her administration’s peace and governance initiatives.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government on Thursday served Catamco a suspension order from the Ombudsman for a 2004 graft case while she was a private individual yet.

Catamco was elected congresswoman in 2010 and was reelected twice before she won the May 13 gubernatorial race in North Cotabato, where she defeated a wealthy and influential rival, then Mayor Roger Taliño of Carmen town.

Taliño is father of incumbent North Cotabato Vice Gov. Emmylou Mendoza, who was governor of the province from 2010 to June 30 this year.

“This is only a temporary setback. I’m saddened with this development. I know how my supporters feel about this suspension but we have to abide with law. Our zeal to spread peace and development in the province will never be dampened. This is just a three-month suspension,” Catamco said.

The charges filed against Catamco in 2004 stemmed from the award by the municipal government of Poro, Cebu of a P5-million contract to Perzebros Company without public bidding.

Catamco and her former husband Pompey Reyes owned Perzebros.

The contract was for the supply of 3,333 bottles of liquid fertilizer at P1,500 each. The Commission on Audit reportedly found out that it was overpriced by P1,092 per bottle.

Poro Mayor Edgar Rama is the principal accused in the case.

Catamco said she will continue with her peace and security programs for North Cotabato as soon as she had fully served the 90-day suspension from office. 


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