DILG rebuffs Sollegue
Lim unaware of court decision?
junior lawyer allegedly drafted the Dec. 8 letter of DILG Secretary
Alfredo S. Lim urging the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to recognize Jenor L.
Sollegue as Sangguniang Kabataan provincial federation president, with
Sec. Lim possibly unaware that the Regional Trial Court has issued a
ruling on the controversy.
was learned last week even as the provincial office of the Department of
the Interior and Local Government denied Sollegue's request for a
certification that he is the SKPF president.
San Andres SK municipal federation chairman reportedly requested DILG
provincial director Orlando L. Mendoza to issue the former a certification
so that he will be allowed to draw his salary as ex-officio provincial
board member pursuant to Sec. Lim's letter.
Mendoza denied Sollegue's appeal, saying that even his office, nor the
regional office in Legaspi City, was furnished a copy of the Lim letter.
He reportedly said that acceding to Sollegue's request would have the DILG
run afoul of Regional Trial Court, which recently issued a Writ of
Execution directing the SP to allow recall election victor Remelito
Cabrera of Panganiban to sit as SKPF representative in the board.
say that the Lim endorsement of Sollegue based on the disputed SK National
Executive Board (NEB) decision nullifying the May 31 recall results
contradicts an earlier pronouncement of the DILG top honcho, who certified
short after the recall that Cabrera needed no confirmation from SK-NEB
prior to taking his seat at the board.
sources claimed that the DILG regional office checked with the Legal
Division in Manila and found out that an unidentified junior lawyer
drafted the letter for Sec. Lim's signature. They added that the lawyer
handling the case, a certain Atty. Jun Moreno, was on leave at the time.
letter, addressed to the provincial board thru the presiding officer,
referred to the Aug. 16-18, 2000 resolution of SK-NEB which nullified the
recall election and reinstated Sollegue to the SP seat.
said that "in deference to the SK NEB Resolution issued pursuant to
its exercise of overall supervision over all the lower federations (Sec.
2, Art. V of the 1997 SK Constitution and By-Laws) and of the fact that
the Department is mandated by law to extend technical assistance to the
leagues of LGUs and federations of other local officials upon request
(Art. 216 of the IRR of RA 7160), that Sanggunian is hereby enjoined to
give due respect to the above-cited Resolution and accordingly recognize
Jenor L. Sollegue, as SK Provincial Federation President to sit as
ex-officio member thereat vice Remelito Cabrera."
from the provincial board, only Sollegue was furnished a copy of the
letter, raising eyebrows among officials at the DILG provincial and
counsel has written Sec. Lim of the RTC Judge Nilo B. Barsaga's recent
decision on the controversy, informing the DILG chief that the said
Resolution of SK-NEB was already declared null and void by the court.
his Oct. 16 Order issued in Special Civil Action No. 1936, Judge Barsaga
had noted that the Resolution was based on a Memorandum of Agreementy with
the DILG which was approved on June 28, 2000, or exactly 28 days after the
May 31, 2000 recall elections conducted by the DILG provincial officer of
Catanduanes. "The SK NEB failed to cite the fact that the rules
applicable during the questioned recall elections was the Constitution and
By-Laws of the Sangguniang Kabataan National Federation...as the
Memorandum of Agreement was only approved on June 28, 2000," Barsaga
brash defiance of the RTC order has earned Vice Gov. Alfred M. Aquino,
PBMs Catalino Gabao, Jr., Evelyn Gutierrez, Carlos Aguilar and Lilia
Evangelista, and ousted SKPF president Sollegue another case in court,
this time for criminal contempt. Also haled to court for the same offense
was alleged publisher-editor Rey Lacurom of the Catanduanes Forum, which
published in its Nov. 16-22 issue Aquino's statement that the writ issued
by the court is illegal.