By Lyka Manalo
The Court of Appeals (CA) granted Thursday a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) from implementing the suspension order of the Office of the Ombudsman to Lipa City Mayor Meynardo Sabili and City administrator Atty. Leo Latido.
In a resolution signed by Associate Justice Franchito N. Diamante and concurred by Associate Justices Edwin Sorongon and Maria Elisa Sempio Diy, the TRO withholds the implementing , enforcing and executing the suspension order for 60 days.
Sabili filed a petition for review before the CA last July 20 and prayed for the TRO against the Ombudsman decision suspending him and Latido for one year from office without pay, finding the two as administratively liable for Oppression and Conduct Prejudicial to the Best Interest of the Service.
The decision of the Ombudsman dated December 11, 2017 was approved by then Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales last June 27.
The case was filed by City Social Welfare and Development Officer Teresita Pesa in September, 2015 over her illegal reassignments ordered by the local chief executive.
However, Pesa submitted an appeal letter to the Office of the Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon withdrawing her complaint on February, 2017.
“It appearing, after a careful review of the petition and the comment filed by respondent, that there is urgency for the issuance of a temporary restraining order so as to avoid grave and irreparable injury not only to petitioners themselves but also to the service they represent during the pendency of the petition for review, as well as to prevent the judgement that maybe promulgated from being rendered ineffectual, the court resolves to grant the prayer for the issuance of a temporary restraining order” the resolution read.