Dismissed CamNorte Guv Tallado scores with TRO
Don’t look now but the Court of Appeals (CA) just issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) and Status Quo Ante Order on the Office of the Ombudsman’s dismissal of ex-Camarines Norte Governor Edgardo Tallado, which had already been implemented.
The CA’s Special Third Division released these orders on Tuesday, December 13.
This means that the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) would have to suspend for 60 days Tallado’s dismissal order, which practically ended his political career.
The CA apparently considered the gravity of the penalty imposed on the erstwhile governor, and thus ordered a suspension of the dismissal even as it reviews the case.
The court gave the Ombudsman and the DILG–the agency that imposed Tallado’s removal–10 days to comment on the TRO and Status Quo Ante Order once they receive copies of it.
With this development, the politiko who replaced Tallado–party-mate and former vice governor Jonah Pimentel–would return to the capacity of acting governor, while Vice Governor Arthur Michael Canlas will become the acting Vice Governor.
As of now, Tallado continues to serve the six-month suspension that was slapped against him by the Ombudsman prior to his dismissal last month.
Tallado was charged with gross immorality by one Jonel Banal after a sex video of the politiko and his mistress went viral online.
Tallado’s dismissal came with an additional penalty of perpetual disqualification from holding public office.