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Martires withdraws suspension of 9 mayors who violated solid waste law

Ombudsman Samuel Martires has recalled the suspension orders issued by his predecessor Conchita Carpio Morales against nine mayors found to have violated the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act.

Martires told reporters on Monday that it was “economically not feasible” to expect the local government officials to comply with the law and close down the open dumpsites in their areas.

“There is a need… for Congress to revisit the law on solid waste management,” he said.

He added that if he enforced the law against the erring officials, “there might no longer be any mayors or vice-mayors left in the fifth and sixth-class municipalities because of the lack of money.”

Among the officials who were spared from administrative penalties were Trece Martires City, Cavite, Mayor Melandres de Sagun and the recently-slain Vice-Mayor Alexander Lubigan.

The other mayors were Flaviano Balgos Jr. of Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya; Ma. Kristine dela Fuente of Abucay, Bataan; Emilia Lourdes Poblete of Silang, Cavite; Norman Ong of Rizal, Palawan; Cielo Krisel Lagman-Luistro of Tabaco City, Albay; Cherilie Sampal of Polangui, Albay; and Nathaniel Gertos of Bato, Leyte.

None of the aforementioned local governments were actually fifth or sixth-class municipalities.

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