Budget appropriation for the City Schools Division had been denied for 16 months affecting half a million students in more than 80 schools running classes without funding for electricity, water, chalk and all.
“They want me replaced so they can control the teachers that will serve in the coming election,” says DepEd Superintendent Mona Macatanong who led the teachers attending a court hearing yesterday in Marawi City.
Macatanong said ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman and DepEd Secretary John A. Magno stands to defy order of the court to restore back funding for the schools’ maintenance, operating and other expenditures.
RTC Branch 8 in Marawi City issued on February 3, 2015 a Writ of Preliminary Mandatory Injunction to Compel the Release of the MOOE but the funds remains withheld until today.
The court ruled that there is grave abuse of discretion and the power was arbitrarily exercised referring to the ARMM governor and the DepEd Secretary.
In succeeding orders, presiding Judge Rasad Balindong noted, “After having failed to secure orders from the Court of Appeals, they should have already realized that it is but proper, appropriate and ripe right time for them to OBEY/COMPLY with the Writ of Preliminary Injunction.”
Finally a court decision came on October 6, 2015 setting aside the Region’s designate OIC for the City Division as NULL and VOID and made permanent the Writ of Preliminary Injunction issued on June, 2014 and the Writ of Preliminary Mandatory Injunction issued on August 19. 2015.
“She has clear and unmistakable right to be protected, that there is invasion of such right, that there is urgent need for the writ to prevent irreparable injury to her, and that she has no other speedy and adequate remedy to prevent the infliction of such irreparable injury,” the court ruled. (Info@ SalmanRanaw– 09494630612)