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Hindi daw iligal? CamSur Mayor Bongalonta defends hiring of kagawad

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An honorarium is different from a salary.

With that, Pili, Camarines Sur Mayor Tomas Bongalonta Jr. insisted that his hiring of Barangay San Roque Councilman David Olaguerra as his driver-bodyguard was above board.

Bongalonta, in a Brigada News FM Naga report Saturday (June 11), argued that Olaguerra only receives an honorarium and not a salary. As such, the politiko said this can’t be classified as double compensation.

The same report said that Olaguerra was hired as a job order (JO) employee of the Municipal Hall. The mayor claims that such cases are “common.”

Earlier, the Provincial Council of Camarines Sur approved the issuance of a 60-day preventive suspension order against Bongalonta.

The suspension order stemmed from Bongalonta’s administrative case, which assails his hiring of Olaguerra given that he was already a councilman.

Camarines Sur Governor Migz Villafuerte needs to sign the suspension order before it can be served to the mayor.

The case was filed early this year by Barangay New San Roque Captain Yolanda Berina.