BALER, Aurora -- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) yesterday suspended for nine months Governor Gerardo Noveras over a dump truck controversy.
A DILG team headed by Assistant Regional Director Jay Timbreza went to the house of Noveras in Barangay 3, Maria Aurora town, to serve the suspension ordered by the Office of the Ombudsman.
The suspension stemmed from the complaint against Noveras filed by provincial engineer Rodante Tolentino and Amado Elson Egargue, head of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), after the governor allowed the use of his own dump trucks in a government project being undertaken by a private contractor in Dinalungan town four years ago.
During Noveras’ suspension, Vice Governor Rommel Angara will serve as the acting provincial governor of Aurora.
The governor’s son, lawyer Christian Noveras, a provincial board member, said they were surprised that the suspension order was served as they were hoping for the dismissal of the case.
Prior to this, Noveras asked the Office of the Ombudsman to reconsider its decision suspending him for nine months.