After the dismissal of the current vice governor Rogelio Quiño last Tuesday, February 21 2017, the Board Member of the First District, Alex Calingasan took his oath of office as the new vice governor of Bukidnon.
The Provincial Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has received Calingasan’s notice of assumption of office on Thursday, February 23.
DILG director Bruce Colao said that the Ombudsman’s decision came out on September 26, 2016 but Quiño was able to settle a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) on November 17, 2016. According to a report from Sunstar, DILG were supposed to implement the order November last year but Quiño was prepared to secure TRO which has expired last January. They then received the resolution from Court of Appeals that the writ of preliminary injunction that they filed was denied which caused this order to come out.
According to Colao, the next highest official shall assume office after the vice governor seat was left vacant which made Board member Alex Calingasan perfect for the position as the highest ranking SP member based on their records and the certification from Comelec.
The dismissal order started from a complaint against previous Manolo Fortich Mayor Rogelio Quiño, Municipal Budget Officer Cecilia Quiño-Rejas and Municipal Shop Foreman Antonio Quiño, Jr. for abuse of Section 3(e) of Republic Act No. 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corruption Practices Act). Previous Mayor Quiño and Municipal Budget Officer Quiño-Rejas were blamed for increasing Antonio Quiño’s salary grade from SG11 to SG15 then to SG18. It violated Sangguniang Bayan Ordinance Nos. 2000-151 and 2001-57 along with the Republic Act No.6758 (Compensation and Position Classification Act of 1989).
They also purposively approved and legalized the upgrade of Antonio Quiño’s daily wage rate from P765.13 to P1,157.90 to the destruction and predisposition of the government.