Ecija mayoral tug-of-war ends

February 23, 2019

STO. DOMINGO, Nueva Ecija -- The leadership tug-of-war in this town finally came to an end after former vice mayor-turned-mayor Greg G. Andres stepped down and gave way to dismissed mayor Imee Llado-De Guzman. De Guzman was reinstated to her former post on Friday afternoon during the implementation by the Department of the Interior and Local Government of an Ombudsman order which reversed the earlier dismissal order served against her last August.

Tension gripped the town hall following the serving of Llado-De Guzman’s reinstatement as Andres vehemently resisted her reinstatement, insisting that the controversial Ombudsman reversal order was “flawed, invalid and unenforceable.”

He described as “overkill” the implementation of Llado-De Guzman’s reinstatement.

Andres said he finally gave in to the DILG’s order to prevent the occurrence of any untoward incident. He allegedly learned that he will be forcibly taken out of the town hall by armed police personnel in the area upon orders from “higher-ups.”

At about 2 p.m., it was learned that provincial police chief, Senior Supt. Leon Victor Z. Rosete gave orders to all those inside the municipal hall to vacate the premises immediately to pave the way for Llado-De Guzman’s assumption.

Llado-De Guzman, who was removed as mayor on August 1 last year, assumed her previous post after her reinstatement by DILG provincial director Renato Bernardino and Jack Paulino, of the DILG Region 3 at 3 p.m. here.