Austria reinstated as Jaen mayor, vows to continue infra, social programs
Sylvia Austria was reinstated as mayor of Jaen town in Nueva Ecija province, ending a standoff with Antonio Prospero Esquivel, who left the municipal hall on Monday afternoon, according to a Punto Central Luzon report.
On her first day back in office, Austria “met with heads of offices and vowed to continue her infrastructure and social programs, including pensions for senior citizens,” the report said.
“Salamat po sa inyong mga pagdarasal, sa inyong suporta, sa inyo pong mga pagtulong at paniniwala sa akin. Ngayon po ay muli kong ibabalik ang nawala ninyong kalayaan,” the reinstated mayor was quoted as saying in the report.
The Punto report said Department of Interior and Local Government in Central Luzon reinstated Austria on the strength of a 60-day status quo ante order issued by the second division of the Commission on Elections.
The office also issued a preliminary injunction authorizing Austria to stay in office over the covered period.
Acting Nueva Ecija police director Col. Jaime Santos said Esquivel left the municipal hall at about 6:33 p.m., the report said.
Santos then accompanied Austria in reporting to office on Tuesday, according to the report.
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