Misamis Oriental stops operation, COVID-19 patients, inmates at risk

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By Cris Diaz, Mindanao Daily News Online
July 3, 2020

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MISAMIS Oriental--The provincial government of Misamis Oriental has stopped operations following a court order to stop the disbursement of its approved 2020 budget.

In a press conference, Provincial Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano, described the restraining order as an action motivated by political greed at the expense of the people of Misamis Oriental.

He said that he could not understand why the political opposition has to resort to an inimical action when the COVID-19 pandemic is jeopardizing the health and well-being of the people of Misamis Oriental.

“We are saddened by the turn of the events and are groping for whatever means to provide medicines and food for the patients in the province eight public hospitals,” Emano said.

Emano urged the court to lift the TRO at the earliest in order for the province to operate at the earliest before the 600 inmates in the provincial jail go hungry and restless.

In a memorandum dated July 2 to all department heads of the provincial government, Emano enjoined all heads of offices to suspend all disbursements in compliance with the court order.

“Without the needed logistics, the provincial government technically ceased to operate,” Emano said.

Misamis Oriental Vice Governor Jeremy Pelaez, Board Members Jerry Khu and Josephine Mugot filed the temporary restraining order with the regional trial court in Cagayan De Oro City to stop the disbursement of the approved Budget for Fiscal Year 2020 for allegedly failing to post the approved ordinance on “conspicuous places.”


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