No Aguinaldo, Kit

Despite Kit Marc Adanza’s election as member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, the administra tive case filed against him by a municipal midwife while he was still mayor of Zamboanguita, refuses to be set aside.

The complainant Gloria Yap Pinili, a midwife, asserts that Adanza cannot invoke the Aguinaldo doctrine, which extinguishes the administrative liability of an official once he is re-elected or elected into office since the Supreme Court has already abandoned its application.

In fact, the Ombudsman also maintained that all cases open and pending before its office, after the Binay case was ruled with finality by the SC are subject to the prospective application of the abandonment of the Aguinaldo doctrine.

Pinili sued Adanza in 2015, who was then mayor, before the SP for alleged unlawful issuance of an office order transferring the former from her health station in Poblacion to Barangays Nasig-id and Najandig docketed as Administrative Case No. SP- 2015-05-01.

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