Albuera mayor quits after election defeat

Ormoc City – The municipality of Albuera sworn in a new mayor even if the term of the defeated incumbent mayor will expire on 30 June 2016. 

This, after Mayor Ramon de la Cerna resigned from his post after trailing behind in the results of the 9 May elections. De la Cerna succumbed to Rolando Espinosa by wide margin. 

Espino got 12,242 votes while the incumbent mayor got 5,065 votes. Vice Mayor Norman Mecina, who was also defeated by Espinosa’s tandem, was sworn in to replace de la Cerna as mayor of the municipality. 

He will serve as local chief executive until June 30. Meanwhile, Sangguniang Bayan Member Catalina Tolero will take charge of the vice mayoralty post in lieu of Mecina. 

Mecina and Tolero were reported to have initially refused to take hold of their new offices but were forced to accept having been told that they might be held administratibly liable should they refuse. 

Meanwhile, Municipal Administrator Lyra de la Cerna, Executive Assistant Arman Menesis and San Pedro Barangay Chairman Henry de la Cerna, also relinquished their respective offices. 

Words from the de la Cerna camp said that the group resignation is mainly caused by threats in election aftermath. 

A battalion of Army were deployed in the area as the said municipality was among the COMELEC hotspots in Leyte. SINIRANGAN NEWSPLUS
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