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By Phil Paalan

MARAWI CITY – The gap that began months ago between the DepEd-ARMM Secretary and the Division Superintendent of City Schools here appear to widen last Monday, September 21, when the latter defied another order of the former.

Assistant Superintendents Pharida Sansarona and Zenaida Unte were about to install a new OIC Principal designated by OIC Secretary John Magno at the Dansalan National High School (DNSH) when Division Superintendent Mona Macatanong and supporters opposed the designation.

It was learned that Magno designated Teacher III Norma Mangorsi as OIC Principal of (DNSH) replacing Head Teacher Almaira Bato.

Unte told the New Ranalo Star that they were just following orders.

Marawi City Schools Division Superintendent Mona A. Macatanong opposed the installation claiming that the order is unlawful. “That order of Sec Magno is in violation of the writ of preliminary injunction which was promulgated on June 20, 2014 and writ of mandatory injunction which was also promulgated on August 19, 2015 issued by Honorable Presiding Judge Rasad G. Balindong, Acting Presiding Judge of Regional Trial Court (RTC) 12th Judicial Region, Branch 8-Marawi City,” Macatanong stressed.

In addition, she said the designated teacher did not report to her on the said designation as she could have advised her that the position is not yet vacated and that she (Macatanong) is the proper authority to implement the order.

She said,”I am concerned with the implementation of the rule of law.”

The tension was defused by the timely intervention of City Vice-Mayor Arafat Salic and Marawi City Police Director, Supt. Al Abner W. Santos who arrived and pacifed both camps.

Salic asked the affected school officials and supporters to calm down and settle the issue peacefully as he asked the parties for a one week moratorium to settle the issues.

He said no installation will take place within one week until the issues are resolved peacefully.

On the other hand Santos said the police will only maintain the safety and security of the people and will not interfere with the installation, as the issue could be settled by the school officials themselves and the local government officials.

Macatanong stressed that the said “order from Magno is illegal.’ She said the legal opinion of the Civil Service Commission issued through CSC Regional Director Leopoldo Robeto W. Valderosa, Jr. stressed that “the power to appoint is reserved to the Regional Governor. Thus, the orders of designation of the regional office, as long as issued by the Regional Governor, shall prevail.”

In like manner, “designation issued by the Regional Secretary, if not concurred, is void considering the power to appoint carries with it the power to designate, reassign and even discipline.”

Also present to help defuse the tension were other city and barangay officials including a sizeable number of police personnel. – The New Ranao Star -
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