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Malacañang orders 60-day preventive suspension of Davao del Norte governor

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The Office of the President placed Davao del Norte Governor Edwin Jubahib under preventive suspension for 60 days starting April 11.

Vice Governor De Carlo Uy will serve as acting governor while Jubahib is still suspended.

“We at the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) are addressing the recent decision to implement a preventive suspension against Davao del Norte Governor Edwin Jubahib,” the Interior office said in a statement.

“Governor Jubahib has been suspended for a period of 60 days by the Office of the President, as directed by Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin,” the DILG said.

The suspension order was the result of the Nov. 24, 2022, affidavit of complaint filed by Board Member Orly Amit against Jubahib for grave abuse of authority and oppression and the latter’s Oct. 9, 2023, answer.

Amit filed the complaint against the governor in connection with last year’s barangay elections in the area.

“After a preliminary evaluation and consideration of the parties’ allegations and evidence, this Office finds strong evidence of guilt against Gov. Jubahib. Likewise, given the gravity of the offense charged, there is a great probability that his continuance in office could influence the witnesses or pose a threat to the safety and integrity of the records and other evidence,” read the April 8, 2024 order signed by Bersamin.

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