‘Locsin’s suspension with political malice’

Mayor Frankie Locsin of Janiuay Iloilo
Mayor Frankie Locsin of Janiuay Iloilo

There are some malice in the 90-day preventive suspension of Janiuay Mayor Frankie Locsin, according to Joseph Anthony Lutero, vice mayor of the said town.

Lutero said ‘the order could have been served upon the filing of information so that he could not meddle on the case.’

The said  suspension order was served by the Sandiganbayan 1st Division to Locsin who was accused of a graft case, which involved a P15-million worth of medicines way back in 2001.

Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 6 Regional Director Teodora Sumagaysay said that the agency sent the anti-graft court’s order to Locsin morning of February 3.

The case filed against Locsin involved purchasing medicines worth P15-million funded by Senator Vicente Sotto, almost 13 years ago. Locsin was then the president of the league of municipalities and Janiuay became the agent for the acquisition of the medicines, which the Commission on Audit (COA) disapproved.

The Ombudsman issued a suspension order for Locsin and four other officials of Janiuay on 2011 but Locsin escaped with his reelection in 2010 under the Aguinaldo doctrine that moots all administrative cases filed against any public official during his previous term, immediately after the official’s reelection without prejudice to heftier criminal sanctions if warranted.

Vice Mayor Joseph Anthony Lutero assumed office afternoon of February 3. IMT