The Sandiganbayan on Thursday ordered the 90-day suspension of North Cotabato Gov. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza over a pending graft case connected to a fuel purchase worth over P2.4 million.
The anti-graft court said Mendoza's suspension is mandatory under the Anti-Graft Law.
The case stemmed from the provincial government's purchase of diesel from a gas station owned by Mendoza's mother.
The governor allegedly approved the purchase of 49,526.72 liters of diesel from Shell stations in Carmen, North Cotabato and in Barangay Lanao, Kidapawan City during her first term in 2010.
Both gas stations are owned by the governor's mother, Noemi Taliño.
The diesel was supposedly used to fuel one road grader and four dump trucks for two-day road rehabilitation projects.
Mendoza in July pleaded not guilty on her graft case.
The Sandiganbayan ordered Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueno to implement the suspension order.
Mendoza has 15 days to file a motion for reconsideration on the suspension order.
-with report from Carolyn Bonquin, ABS-CBN News