By Nora Soriño
Iligan City Bureau Chief .
Iligan City — In a directive dated May 20, City Mayor Celso Regencia ordered the suspension of the honororia of purok presidents “due to the issue of massive vote buying” during the recently concluded midterm polls.
The order was directed to Atty. Voltaire Rovira, city legal officer, Louella Maybituin, City Treasurer, Hospicio Paragoso, acting budget officer, and Carla Baño, acting city accountant.
The suspension, the directive added, is to take effect on the second quarter of this year, even as he also directed the city legal “to commence investigation on it and file appropriate and necessary cases.”
The purok presidents, to note, are currently receiving P150 per day.
However, lawyer Moises Dalisay, a former city councilor, cautioned the persons concerned, including the purok presidents to study the matter before any action relative to the matter to see whether the move of the mayor is included or not in the election ban in the resolutions of the Commission on Elections as the present period is still covered by the ban.
Boy Decena, spokesman of Cong. Frederick Siao yesterday said that “this might be the mayor’s move following the defeat of Leony Roy Ga in the congressional race. Ga, also ran under the mayor’s ticket with Siao as his opponent.