By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

THEDepartment of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Civil Service Commission (CSC) are mum on the conundrum of Iloilo City legal officer Jose Junio Jacela.

Jacela’s reappointment remains in the doldrums for lack of confirmation from the City Council. Even his pay is the subject of questions from the City Budget Office since his position remains uncertain.

DILG-Iloilo City director Ferdinand Panes declined to give his opinion to The Daily Guardian. Instead, he referred TDG to city budget officer Ninda Atinado, who is herself in quandary as to what to do.

The CSC through legal counsel Carla Rubias also declined to give a categorical answer.

Rubiascited the Local Government Code which mandates that confidential positions such as the city legal officer require the concurrence of the local legislative body.

“Atty. Jacela may have an appointment from the mayor, but under the Local Government Code requirement, it may be necessary to determine whether his appointment is valid or not,” Rubias explained.

Rubias also hinted that Jacela’s problem might be resolved by the courts.

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