Agusan Del Norte town mayor suspended over illegal demolition of market stall

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 07 2018 03:12 PM | Updated as of Nov 05 2018 02:28 PM

MANILA - The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the one-month suspension of Buenavista, Agusan Del Norte Mayor Norberto Pagaspas for neglect of duty after ordering the demolition of a market stall without authority.

In a statement, the Office of the Ombudsman said Pagaspas and other town officials failed to comply with the necessary requirements to proceed with the demolition of a market stall.

Also suspended for simple neglect of duty are license inspector Isaias Oraiz, Jr, market supervisor Jairus Arapan and security guard Armando Malaki.

Based on the investigation of the Ombudsman, on July 31, 2016, the respondents ordered the demolition of a market stall owned by complainant Mildred Estelliori who claimed that her “stocks were dumped...inside the municipality’s market office."

Estelliori also alleged that several of her property valued at P25,000 such as a refrigerator, and flat screen television were lost.

In his counter-affidavit, respondent Pagaspas claimed that the market stall was ordered closed after complainant defaulted in her payments.
 
The Ombudsman directed the secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government to implement the decision.