It is time to move forward and do better things for ‘One Malay’.
Municipal Local Government Operations Officer Mark Delos Reyes of Malay, Aklan made the pitch after a day of political drama in the assumption of Malay town vice mayor-elect Frolibar Bautista as acting mayor and Sangguniang Bayan member-elect Nino Carlos Cawaling as acting vice mayor.
Delos Reyes said the challenge for the elected officials is how to come together and unite the people of Malay, Aklan without looking into party affiliations.
The ongoing saga of dismissed mayor-elect Ceciron Cawaling will continue as he waits the decision of the Office of the Ombudsman of his motion for reconsideration.
Cawaling was ordered dismissed from service by Ombudsman Samuel Martires on April 22, 2019 after finding him guilty of grave misconduct and gross neglect of duty.
The dismissal order was served on April 24, 2019 by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). Cawaling was re-elected to a public office on May 13, 2019.
“We are in a democracy, and we are governed by the rule of law. The law which may hurt, but it is still the law. Every move of DILG has basis, and that basis goes back to a certain law or rules. We don’t entertain gossips, rumors and even politics,” Delos Reyes said.
Delos Reyes said healing the wounds of the election can’t be done easily, and coming to terms of election defeat and victory will take time.
“We want to have you a better understanding of what had transpired for the past few days. Do not believe in gossips, rumor-mongering and social media posts. Ask government authorities of what is right, what is the right thing to do, and eliminate misinformation and misunderstanding,” he stressed.
By BOY RYAN B. ZABAL