Paniqui Mayor Miguel Cojuangco Rivilla said he was caught "off-guard" when his suspension order was served by the PB on Friday afternoon.
"My whole attention is in the electoral protest lodge by my rival.
I did not see this suspension coming out so soon," Rivilla
The complaint against Rivilla
was lodged to the PB
by Paniqui Councilor Evelyn David last July 3, 2014.
of using around P3-million from the municipal funds to pay the salaries of job order employees of the municipal government.
It was not immediately known as to how long the suspension would be.
has almost 200 job order employees, according to Rivilla
and that said that paying them has been a practice in the past administrations.
has been doing it for seven years now and "no one was complaining about it."
The beleaguered mayor appealed right away to the PB for reconsideration but he admitted that he "will not be given a fair fight" because "the PB is a rubber stamp of the unseen hands behind all of my predicaments here in Paniqui."
said, "It is all a grand plan to ease him out of the political scene in Tarlac
said the money spent for paying the job order employees is within the budget.
did not name who the "unseen hands" in his
suspension, many Tarlaqueños alleged that an uncle of the President, Tarlac First District Representative Enrique Cojuangco, could be one of the them.
"Why only now that there is a complaint?
asked, adding that all of the cases stemmed out when he
had a falling out with his
planned to put up a 24-bed capacity hospital in Paniqui
did not know that his
uncle Henry is also planning to put up a 10-bed capacity in the same town.
attempted to give in to the project of his
congressman uncle but the older Cojuangco refused to accept it the "offer."
"I have no choice but to continue the project through a soft loan of P50-million.
heard about this he
got mad at me he
will be buried in loans if I continue to be the mayor," Rivilla
Dimudumihan nila Uncle Henry," Rivilla