The City Council rejected former mayor Don Durano’s appointment as city administrator because the appointment violates the Local Government Code (RA 7160). The council also said that Don concealed a material fact in his personal data sheet.
Nito endorsed Resolution No. 112-11 to the Office of the Mayor for Boy to sign.
The Council cited paragraph B, Section 94 of the Local Government Code, which prohibits a candidate from being appointed to any government post within one year after the election.
Don also declared in his data sheet that he has not been formally charged with any case in court.
But the City Council obtained records from the Municipal Trial Court in Cities (MTCC) in Danao City, which showed that Don has three pending criminal cases for grave coercion, obstruction of justice and resistance and disobedience to persons in authority.
The cases stemmed from an incident during the 2007 local elections, involving members of the Danao City police.
Among other documents, the council got a certification issued by MTCC Clerk of Court Cheryl Bulalague dated May 10, 2011, stating that according to the records available in their office, a person named Jesus “Don” Durano, et al, of National Road, Poblacion, Danao City has been charged.
The cases were filed by Danao City policemen led by SPO1 Ramerito Ramoneda last July 16, 2007.
In the resolution, the councilors said that Don’s declaration under oath constitutes concealment of a material fact.
Ironically, Don was appointed by incumbent Mayor Boy Durano, who defeated him in the last election.
Don, Nito and Boy are brothers, and sons of the late Rep. Ramon “Mano Amon” Durano Sr., who was considered a political kingpin during his time.
Don replaced his nephew Oscar “Boying” Durano Rodriguez who was city administrator from July 1, 2010 to March 2011.
Boying said he was replaced after he criticized his uncle Boy for delaying the implementation of the Danao City Bulk Water Project for months, resulting in the loss of millions of pesos in interest payments for the P30-million loan for the water project.
Sun.Star Cebu tried to interview Boy and Don but they could not be reached for comment yesterday afternoon. (Sun Star)