Capitol board dismisses case vs D’bantayan mayorBy Carmel Loise Matus
Cebu Daily News
THE Cebu Provincial Board dismissed for lack of evidence the administrative case filed by Provincial Treasurer Roy Salubre againt Daanbantayan Mayor Ma. Lusi Loot.
The case stemmed from the town’s failure to remit to the province its real estate tax collections.
The committee said the function of remitting to the province its share in taxes is the duty of the municipal treasurer under the Local Government Code.
It also noted that the provincial treasurer failed to establish evidence to confirm that the municipal treasurer of Daanbantayan was told by Mayor Loot not to remit the share of the province and that she refused to sign the checks.
There was no statement taken from the municipal treasurer as proof.
Loot was charged with grave misconduct, dereliction of duty and abuse of authority, all thrown out for lack of sufficient evidence.
Hearsay evidence is not enough and “mere allegation is not evidence,” the resolution stated.
This is the second administrative charge that the PB dismissed against Mayor Loot.
The other one involved Loot’s closure order against illegal cemeteries in her town.