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Sandiganbayan orders Cebu mayor Gica suspended

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Dumanjug, Cebu Mayor Efren Guntrano Gica has been ordered suspended for 90 days without pay due to a graft case he is facing before the Sandiganbayan.

The Sandiganbayan 4th Division ordered the suspension of Gica who is facing charges of graft, falsification and malversation.

In its order, the anti-graft court directed the mayor “cease and desist from performing function and duties” and “refrain from receiving benefits brought by his current office.”

The court imposed the suspension following his arraignment last January 23, 2019.

The court noted it imposed the order after Gica failed to contest it within the allowed period

“Gica failed to file any answer to such Order despite the period of time given for him to do so; thus the subject Informations are deemed valid,” the court ruled.

Under the charges, Gica is accused of having falsified restaurant receipts to make the amount spent was actually more than the original price.