Mayor Tan, Vice Mayor Gabon suspended over plunder raps


Catbalogan City, Samar Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan and Vice Mayor Art Sherwin Gabon have been preventively suspended for six months along with seven councilors over the complaints they are facing concerning the alleged overpriced purchase of a property worth P120 million.

The Department of Interior and Local (DILG) implemented the suspension on Jan. 3 based on the order issued by the Office of the Ombudsman.

Those included in the suspension are Councilors Coefredo Uy, Jeffry Uy, Maximo Pescos, Edward Uy, Christine Joy Escobar, Beethoven Bermejo, and Nanette Jasmin.

Also suspended are City Assessor Romero Tuazon; Assistant City Assessor Arthur Macabare; and Office of the City Assessor employee Rizal Ignacio.

The suspension stemmed from a plunder complaint pending against them before the Ombudsman.

The 80,150 square meter property that the local government bought for P120 million allegedly only had a market value of P155,497.84.