JAEN, Nueva Ecija — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has reinstated Jaen, Nueva Ecija Mayor Sylvia Austria by virtue of a 60-day status quo ante order (SQAO), including a preliminary injunction that authorizes Austria to stay in office over the aforementioned period.
The reinstatement of Austria happened around 5 p.m. as DILG Region 3 Director Jay Timbreza and Austria’s legal counsel Atty. Jackie Paulino handed her the SQAO.
The SQAO states that the reinstatement of Austria is to prevent a political impasse.
Nueva Ecija Police Provincial Office (NEPPO) director Col. Jaime Santos, on the other hand, reported that Mayor Antonio Esquivel left the municipal hall later in the evening.
Santos escorted Austria on Tuesday morning as she reported for work.
Austria, meantime, said that it’s back to work for the local government of Jaen, adding that her office will always be open every day for her constituents and vowed that she won’t let anyone ruin what the town has achieved in 14 years.
She added that her office will always be open 24/7 and vows to provide “true” service in helping the town of Jaen.
To recall, Austria was proclaimed the winner by the municipal board of canvassers in 2019, but Esquivel filed a protest at the RTC, favoring his protest and annulling her proclamation.
In December last year, Esquivel was installed as the mayor after a court ordered Austria to step down.
The ruling was again overturned by the Commission on Elections after issuing the SQAO on 12 January this year.
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