Prov’l lawyers ask court to lift TRO vs. 2020 budget

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By Cris Diaz, Mindanao Daily News Online
July 8, 2020

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MISAMIS Oriental--The provincial attorney’s office of Misamis Oriental urged the regional trial court here to lift the temporary restraining order (TRO) stopping the provincial government from spending its approved 2020 Budget, the provincial attorney said Tuesday.

Neil Pacana, the provincial attorney for Misamis Oriental, said that the case was assigned at the Regional Trial Court (RTC), Branch 39 during a raffle Monday.

He said that the urgent motion for the lifting of the TRO was necessary to allow the provincial government of Misamis Oriental to continue the unhampered delivery of the basic services.

The political opposition led by Vice Governor Jeremy Pelaez and three other minority members of the provincial board filed the TRO to prohibit the provincial government from implementing and disbursing the approved 2020 Budget on June 26, 2020.

In their complaint, Pelaez and his group alleged that the approved 2020 Budget was implemented without complying the posting requirement to make it effective.

Provincial Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano described the suspension of the 2020 Budget as “anti-people” and “ill-advised” at a time when the province is fighting the possible spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the province.


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