Vinzons Councilor Pimentel wears vice mayor’s hat, too


Councilor Joaquin Emmanuel “Jay” Pimentel of Vinzons, Camarines Norte is now juggling three tasks.

The councilor, who recently was elected secretary-general of the Philippine Councilors League (PCL), has also been named as the town’s acting vice mayor.

This, after Camarines Norte Governor Edgardo Tallado approved the 60-day preventive suspension of Vinzons Vice Mayor Ligaya Heraldo.

According to a recent Brigada News FM Daet report, the Provincial Council had issued a resolution saying that Heraldo must be slapped with a preventive suspension. The resolution was then forwarded to Tallado’s office.

Pimentel took over the reins from Heraldo on April 7, or a day after the latter’s suspension took effect.

He clarified in a separate report that he remains a town councilor since he’s merely holding the vice mayor’s seat in an acting capacity. The reports did not say the reason behind Heraldo’s suspension.

Judge Victoria Dino-Reyes of Basud Municipal Trial administered Pimentel’s oath of office.

Pimentel was elected PCL secretary-general during the League’s National Congress, which took place from March 8 to 10 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

He also chairs the Committee on Rules in the Municipal Council of Vinzons.