The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the suspension of Malay Mayor Ceciron Cawaling.
The preventive suspension for a maximum of six months was ordered by the Ombudsman for alleged gross neglect of duty, conduct unbecoming of a public officer, and grave misconduct.
“Cawaling is hereby preventively suspended from office for the duration of these proceedings until the same is terminated, not to exceed for a period of six months without pay,” as stated on the Ombudsman order.
The preventive suspension order is effective October 25, as confirmed by Department of Interior of Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año, in an interview Thursday afternoon.
To note, administrative and criminal charges against Cawaling and other 16 Aklan officials was filed by the DILG to the Ombudsman last June.
According to the camp of Cawaling, the 3-page order from the Ombudsman has been received by their office Thursday afternoon.
Cawaling allegedly issued business permit despite the lack of fire safety certificate from the Bureau of Fire Protection.
Of the 17 officials, it was only Cawaling that has been issued with suspension order.
With the suspension of Cawaling, Vice Mayor Abram Sualog will serve as acting mayor of the town.
Sualog said he has received the DILG order on Thursday afternoon too.
As acting mayor, he said that he will coordinate with the interagency task force especially with the island’s upcoming reopening.