CDO-RTC, to Issue TRO to Stop Public Spending: A Dilemma to Confront

CDO – Misamis Oriental (5 July 2020) – The provincial government operations had halted when Cagayan de Oro City Regional Trial Court Judge Vincent Rosales issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) on June 29. It happened when Vice Governor Jeremy Jonahmar Pelaez and board members Jerry Khu and Jessa Josephine Mugot filed a complaint against the preparation of the 2020 Annual Budget on June 26. According to the camp of Vice Governor Jeremy Jonahmar Pelaez and his associates, the annual budget infringed on the current rules of not posting the documents, as mandated by law.

Misamis Oriental Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano mentioned that the 20-day TRO would expire on July 19. He lamented over the TRO since its impact would affect the stable measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the TRO restricted Misamis Oriental to execute ₱3.5 billion yearly budget for 2020 to sustain the operations, the Misamis Oriental provincial government struggled to find other means to provide financial solutions to the entire province and its expenditures.

Due to this issue, the MO Governor ordered the postponement of all expenditures until the CDO RTC lifted its order. As well, Attorney Jeffrey Saclot, the representative of the anti-COVID-19 task force in the province, said that they had to suspend all viable activities that dealt with the coronavirus pandemic.

Moreover, this TRO could affect the following:

    • Operations in the provincial jail operations with 600 prisoners
    • Operations of the eight provincial hospitals
    • Operations for the financial aid to indigents
    • Operations on a 50-bed isolation facility

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