Bukidnon Vice Gov Quino dismissed, Calingasan back

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Bukidnon Vice Governor Rogelio Quino has been dismissed from office, less than 10 months since he took his oath. First District Board Member Alex Calingasan, who previously served as 3-term Vice Governor and who obtained the highest ranking among all the board members during the May 2016 elections, assumed office.

Calingasan already took his oath of office as the new Bukidnon Vice Governor last February 23, 2017.

The Ombudsman-issued dismissal order was served to Quino by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) two days before Calingasan’s oath. Only his staff received the order, according to reports. Quino is reportedly on leave from February 20 to 28, 2017.

Bukidnon DILG director Bruce Colao said that the Ombudsman decision came out in September 26, 2016 but Quino was able to secure a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) on November 17, 2016. The TRO has since expired.

According to a Sun Star news report, the dismissal order stems from a complaint against then Manolo Fortich Mayor Rogelio Quiño, Municipal Budget Officer Cecilia Quiño-Rejas and Municipal Shop Foreman Antonio Quiño, Jr. for violation of Section 3(e) of Republic Act No. 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act).

Mayor Quiño and Municipal Budget Officer Quiño-Rejas were accused of upgrading Antonio’s salary grade from SG11 to SG15 then to SG18 which violated Sangguniang Bayan Ordinance Nos. 2000-151 and 2001-57 as well as Republic Act No. 6758 (Compensation and Position Classification Act of 1989). They also supposedly approved and authorized the increase of Antonio’s daily wage rate from P765.13 to P1,157.90 to the damage and prejudice of the government.

* Comebacking Bukidnon Vice Governor Alex Calingasan

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