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Chill, guys! Lipa Vice Mayor Eric Africa calls for calm as tension roils over mayor’s suspension

Aug 9, 2018 @ 12:40

Tension is gripping Lipa because of the Ombudsman’s order suspending Mayor Meynardo Sabilii, and Vice Mayor Eric Africa has found himself playing peacemaker.

In a Facebook post, Africa appealed to fellow Lipenos to remain calm and peaceful amid the developments, and to stop fighting with each other.

He said that should the suspension order finally be served, he would fulfill his duty to be acting mayor. If a court stops the implementation of the order, he would also heed it.

Africa told his constituents that it was not his fault that Sabili was ordered suspended; he was not even the one who filed the case and neither would be the one to implement the directive.

The best thing for them to do is to stop attacking each other because in the end, it’s Lipa that would suffer if the turmoil continues, he said.

Let there be peace in Lipa.

“Sa mga kapwa ko Lipeño,Salamat po sa pakikiisa at pagiging bukas ang mga kamalayan sa kaganapan sa ating Lungsod. Ngunit ako po ay nakikiusap na manatili po tayong mahinahon at mapayapa. Huwag po tayong mga Lipeño mag-away-away.Kung sakali pong ibaba ang one year suspension order, tungkulin ko pong gampanan ang responsibilidad bilang Acting Mayor. At sa pagkakataon naman pong mabigyan ng Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) ang alkalde, igagalang po natin ang anumang itinakda ng batas.Hindi ko po kasalanan na may suspension order ang Mayor. Una, hindi po ako ang nagsampa ng kaso, kundi isang empleyado ng gobyerno. Ikalawa, hindi po ako ang naghatol, kundi ang opisina ng Ombudsman. Ikatlo, hindi po ako ang magpapatupad ng suspension kundi ang DILG na siyang nangagasiwa sa lahat ng lokal na pamahalaan at opisyal.Muli, hinihingi ko po sa lahat na tama na ang bangayan. Itigil na po natin ang pag-aaway-away. Sapagkat kung patuloy po tayong magkakagulo, tayo din pong mga taga-Lipa ang kaawa-awa dito.Anuman po ang mangyari, ako po ay patuloy na maglilingkod para sa maayos, malaya, at mapayapang Lipa. Maraming Salamat po,” Africa posted.

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