Dismissed governor Roel Degamo who was sacked by the Ombudsman for his refusal to return
P480M in Sendong Calamity funds three years ago said he will defend his duty to have served the
people in extreme emergency during a calamity in that he used the said funds legally and speedily
in order to save the people from further disaster.
Branding the latest Ombudsman ruling as part of
political persecution and harassment, Governor Roel
Degamo will try to secure a Temporary Restraining
Order (TRO) or an injunction from the Court of Appeals
to block efforts to unseat him.
But he said, he has not yet received a copy of such order of dismissal, hence he cannot issue a reply to an order he has not read nor received.
But should Degamo receive such order from the Ombdusman and served by the DILG, legal experts say he can avail of a TRO Temporary Restraining Order. “That is why procedurally, the DILG gives 5 days for the dismissed government official to voluntarily comply with the order without having to be physically removed from office...
At first, nobody believed it could be possible
that the governor of Negros Oriental, would
be the first in NegOr history to be fired from
office. Until even now, after garnering a landslide
vote of 313,703 last May 9 with a 109,651-vote majority,
the fact remains that the Ombudsman
Conchita Carpio-Morales has indeed ordered the
governor dismissed from office.
Politics? Or simply “dura lex , sid lex?”
The bottom line reason is simple: he did not return
P480-Million calamity fund intended for typhoon
Sendong, to the Dept. of Budget in Manila who recalled
its release because of technicality.
The governor reasons out that he was pressed
with the urgency of helping the typhoon Sendong victims
with the money for projects that is why banking
on the presumption of regularity, he proceeded.
Now he is sacked for it.
Reason behind the behind? Politics? Being a non-
LP, the majority party might have fears of fund mis-use
for elections, that is why it could have persuaded the
DBM to recall the money. These are apprehensions with
As of Thursday night deadline of this
paper, two parties were awaiting
the order of dismissal to be served
by the DILG regional NIR head upon
Gov Degamo, provincial treasurer Danny
Mendez and provincial accountant Teddy
Reyes, but in vain.
The two parties awaiting with their
respective cabudols were that of the governor
who was ready to fight it out in
court and seek a Temporary Restraining
Order, and on the opposite side, the group
of Vice Gov Mark Macias, also seeking
DILG confirmation of such order. They
branded their gathering as a thanksgiving
for victory in the polls. No DILG order
President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s vow to “metamorphose
from a caterpillar into a butterfly,” when he assumes the
FOOTSTEPS & FINGERPRINTS
Today is Father’s Day! I am glad that there is
a Father’s Day in the
month of June. Way
back when there was only
a Mother’s Day in May, I
always wondered what
happened to the “fathers”?
Why wasn’t there
a day when we honor...