10 mayors absent during ‘Rolly’s’ onslaught may face charges

Published November 3, 2020, 7:17 PM

by Chito Chavez

Ten mayors from Luzon and Visayas may face charges of dereliction of duty, gross negligence and/or violation of DILG memorandum circular requiring “100 percent presence of the LCE (local chief executives) before, during and after the typhoon” unless they fully justify their absence at the height of Super-typhoon “Rolly.”

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año stressed this Monday, saying two the mayors are from Northern Luzon, four from Region 4-B, two from Region 5, and two from the Visayas.

Año, however, declined to divulge their names until the investigations are conducted and cases are filed against them.

As part of the due process, Año said “show-cause orders” will be issued to these mayors to give them the opportunity to explain their side.

After validating their explanations, Año said this is the time when an investigation may proceed.

In Monday’s news briefing with President Duterte, Año reported that only 10 out of 1,047 LCE were unaccounted for in their respective turfs at the height of the supertyphoon.

“Ninety-nine percent of them (LCEs) were in their respective turfs to supervise. Those 10 who were absent in their areas have been identified and will be asked to explain,”  Año said.

Año also noted that 51 cities and 613 municipalities and 12, 832 barangays around 10 regions were affected by the supertyphoon.

The DILG chief added in the same briefing that 175,479 families or 619,544 individuals were evacuated by local authorities.