Kulong na, galawang mayor pa? Mayor Fernandez charged with usurpation of authority
Matanao, Davao del Sur Mayor Vicente Fernandez has been charged with usurpation of authority before the Sandiganbayan for continuing to work as local chief executive even while in detention.
The Office of the Ombudsman filed the case after finding probable cause to indict Fernandez.
In 2014, Fernandez was jailed in connection with the murder of journalist Nestor Bedolido four years prior.
However, the Ombudsman discovered that in January 2015, Fernandez allegedly issued an office order, a memoranda and an appropriation ordinance. He also allegedly signed official documents including various business permits, appointments, checks and other disbursements that same month.
The Ombudsman pointed out that the respondent “does not have such authority as he was under detention and legally incapacitated to perform his functions”.
The Ombudsman said that then-Vice Mayor Elmer Javelona was the one empowered to act as the acting mayor in accordance with the Local Government Code.
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