Governor Roel Degamo of Negros Oriental now awaits his preventive suspension due to a criminal case. The suspension will be for 90 days (3 months).
The governor’s suspension is being awaited to be served within this week…maybe. Legal counsel Atty. Richard Enojo of the governor also confirmed his suspension within the next three months. However, due to a land case unrelated to the capitol, the attorney’s suspension is being preventively suspended as well.
The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) will be serving the preventive suspension to the governor. The governor accepted his fate and said that even though it is against his will, he will still accept it because of his belief in the rule of the law. Governor Degamo’s suspension was filed due to a criminal case on public funds through falsification.
The criminal case was filed by a certain June Vincent Gaudan against Governor Degamo for violation of Article 217 in accordance with Article 171 and 48 for malversation of public funds through falsification, otherwise known as the Revised Penal Code. The same June Vincent Gaudan has also filed last year’s dismissal of Governor Degamo due to disbursement off millions of calamity funds.
Temporary Replacement of Macias
Since the governor could not do his responsibilities during his suspension, Vice Governor Edward Mark Macias will automatically take full responsibilities as acting governor. Degamo believes that Vice-Governor Edward Mark Macias will be able to take care of things accordingly just in time of his return by the end of January 2018. Programs and projects, however, will continue to materialize and processed.