Found guilty, Mayor Lani Cayetano and officer-in-charge City Administrator Jose Montales will face charges upon padlocking session hall.
The incumbent Mayor Lani Cayetano, 33 year-old, former congresswoman of Taguig City, will face criminal charge upon padlocking session hall, preventing city council to hold sessions. She is the wife of current Philippine Senator Alan Peter Cayetano.
She finished Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication from Centro Escolar University and special course in Innovative and Developmental Local Governance and Policy Making for Local Chief Executives and Legislators at the University of the Philippines Diliman. She is a member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Lone District of Taguig City-Pateros. To help her people find alternative source of income, she put up the Angat Lahat Multi-Purpose Cooperative.
Currently, her political career been into the hot seat. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales confirmed the charges filed against her together with City Administrator Jose Luis Montales, Thursday. The two allegedly ordered to padlock session hall and preventing the members of the city council to hold sessions.
In statement of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, “The case arose from the eviction of the SP from its traditional venue and its transfer to a small room at the city auditorium in August 2010. Due to limited space, the SP was constrained to hold its proceedings on the staircase of the city hall on its maiden session and in various venues inside and outside the city hall for the next 14 sessions.”
Mayor Lani Cayetano and officer-in-charge City Administrator Jose Montales, found guilty of violating Article 143 of the Revised Penal Code. They ordered the city hall’s personnel to padlock the session in an assembly of the city council or Sangguniang Panglungsod, August 2010.
In the resolution reading, “The documentary evidence, as well as respondents’ own admissions, belied their claim that any ‘reorganizational or reengineering plan’ with respect to city hall offices actually existed.”
Ombudsman Morales trash Cayetano’s clarification upon padlocking the session hall. She stressed out that it was just a part of the city’s reengineering and reorganizational plan. For doing such action, Cayetano and Montales charged in violation of Article 143 of the RPC which penalizes persons who, by force or fraud, prevent or tend to prevent the meetings of local legislative bodies. IMAGE/www.rappler.com