By Mar Supnad
Members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan ( SP) reversed Monday the supposedly “endless” suspension order of a town mayor against his political opponent, a barangay captain, in Limay town.
In prudently approving their decision to reverse and lift immediately the 12 months suspension of Oscar Peralta, barangay captain of Luz, Vice Mayor Ma. Cristina Garcia asked individually the members of the SP if they were amenable to the findings of board member Rey Ibe, chairman of the province’s human rights, justice and legal matters committee, and the 12 members of the board agreed positively.
Only board member Teri Onor was absent during the deliberation.
Peralta was suspended by Mayor Lilvir Roque, his perceived political opponent, in what he (Peralta) and the SP described as “too much personal and motivated by politics” decision.
And this was not the first time Peralta was suspended by Roque, until the former hit back at the mayor, it was learned.
Garcia and the SP members believed that the suspension imposed on Peralta was weak and without basis, prompting them to lift the controversial suspension order of Ver.
The SP also ordered the immediate reinstatement of Peralta and the full payment of his salaries during the duration of the suspension of the embattled barangay captain.
“The SP order will take effect immediately and (there is) no need for Mayor Roque to order Peralta’s reinstatement,” said Ibe, a known principled politician.
Earlier, feeling harassed, Peralta filed an administrative case and sought a temporary restraining order from the SP but such was dismissed by the board due to the filing at the wrong venue and being not based on the merit of the case.