Statement of the DILG Spokesperson and Asst. Secretary Jonathan E. Malaya

January 28, 2019

The Department of Interior and Local Government has implemented yesterday the directive of the Commission on Elections to install Vice Mayor Victor Perete as the Acting Mayor of Daraga, Albay following the determination by both the Comelec and DILG Region 5 that Mayor Baldo is temporarily incapacitated from discharging the duties of local chief executive.

This action by the Department is in accordance with the rule on succession provided in the Local Government Code. The Order issued by Regional Director Atty. Anthony Nuyda is effective immediately.

The first councilor Jerry Rafael will assume as Acting Vice Mayor also in accordance with the Local Government Code. Any issuance by the former mayor designating an Officer-in-Charge in the Municipality of Daraga is void and has no legal effect.