IGACOS Administrator Gales resigns after congressman’s scolding

may 12-18, 2014

IGACOS administrator Cleto Gales is tight-lipped except nodding that the talk that he is resigning from his post is true.

ImageIn a check Monday, April 28 with the city human resource office, a female employee said that Gales had already submitted his resignation letter and that he is considered resigned effective May 1, 2014. She refused to share to the media Gales’ resignation letter.

IGACOS Mayor Aniano Antalan has been tried to be accessed for interview for two weeks already to shed light on Gales’ sudden departure but all he made was a head nod while waiving his hand to signal he did not want to be interviewed by the media.

He was asked again of the question last April 28 mid morning while entering the city gym (beside the legislative building) where a summer youth basketball tournament was being held. He refused and chose to watch the basketball game.

A mediaman Dodie Lupogan said that last April 1 he was at the City Hall when Congressman Anton Lagdameo (Davaodel Norte, 2nd district) arrived. He greeted the congressman “good morning” and he replied with an observed good mood.

But some minutes later, Lupogan added, he saw the congressman hurrying to leave the City Hall visibly not in a good mood already or visibly had gone angry from where he came from.

He learned later from an official present that the congressman had gone mad at Gales inside Mayor Antalan’s office.

A City Hall insider said that the congressman became angry when what was supposed to be a meeting with Mayor Antalan and Gales only, he arrived only to see the department heads, some city councilors and the mayor without Gales.
Gales was a no show and he could not be contacted in his phone.

The congressman, according to the insider, wanted to meet the mayor and Gales to thresh out project deviation and other issues like the penalty imposed to beach resorts as well as to hasten projects on the pipeline and those requested by his constituents.

A sketchy report said that there was that issue on drainage project going to a creek that would traverse a portion of the property of Gales family in Penaplata.

“Mayor Antalan was not scolded, napagsabihan lang,” the insider added.

“Morag gitagoan man gud nila si Gales kang congressman,” he said.

He added that things that the congressman wanted to move on had been unmoving at the discretion of Gales and the mayor and had “accumulated” that reached its peak with that supposed meeting where Gales was a no show and it snapped out the congressman’s patience.

In Monday’s convocation following the incident, Gales accordingly announced before city employees he would resign and would only be up to the end of the month.

Gales was the city administrator since the time of former Mayor Roger Antalan, and had served on the post for 16 years already ending last May 1 during the incumbency of Roger’s younger brother Mayor Aning.(Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)

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