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Walang kawala! Ombudsman orders gov Joseph Cua suspended for 6 months

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The Office of the Ombudsman has slapped a six-month suspension on Catanduanes Governor Joseph Cua in connection to an administrative case filed against him by a resident of the province.

The suspension order, which was served by the Department of Interior and Local Government to Cua’s office Friday (January 11), means that Vice Governor Shirley Abundo is now the acting governor.

Cua is facing an administrative complaint for abuse of authority, conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service, dishonesty and grave misconduct for leasing a government-owned property for free to a private individual.

Rey Mendez, a resident of Virac town, accused Cua of proceeding with the lease agreement without the Sangguniang Panlalawigan’s approval.

In a statement, the watchdog group Catanduanes Crusaders Against Illegal Drugs and Corruption Inc. (CCAIDC) said it welcomes Cua’s suspension.