A municipal mayor in Quezon province was suspended by the Office of the Ombudsman for alleged misconduct, abuse of authority and nepotism after hiring his sister as municipal administrator.
Lucban Mayor Celso Olivier Dator was issued the six-month suspension order without pay the court found him administratively liable for circumventing civil service rules and regulations in hiring Maria Lyncelle Macandile as municipal administrator.
In a recent press conference in Quezon City, ex-Lucban Mayor Moises Villasenor filed the complaint claiming that Dator refused to vacate his post despite the court resolution.
The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) named Vice Mayor Armando Abutal to assume the position of mayor while first municipal councilor Adolfo Tupas was ordered to occupy the vice mayor post, effective April 13, 2018. (Chito Chavez)