Braulio Yaranon

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Braulio Yaranon (born 1927) is a Filipino politician who was elected to serve as mayor of Baguio City for a three-year term beginning in 2004. Suspended from office in 2006,[1] he was defeated for re-election in 2007.[2]

Background[edit]

Yaranon originally hailed from Aringay, La Union. A graduate of the University of the Philippines College of Law, he was admitted as a lawyer to the Philippine bar in 1954. He became the Baguio City Secretary in 1955 to 1959. Yaranon was elected as Baguio City Councilor from 1960 to 1963. In 1964, he was elected as the Baguio City Vice Mayor. He was the Baguio City Judge from 1980 to 1987. From 1987 to 1997 he was the executive judge in the regional trial court in San Fernando, La Union. After his retirement from the judiciary, he was elected as a city councilor for Baguio City.

Mayor of Baguio City[edit]

Yaranon was elected to his first term as mayor of Baguio City in 2004, defeating the incumbent, Bernardo Vergara. Yaranon successfully campaigned on a platform that stressed environmental issues, clean government, and opposition to the collection of parking fees in Baguio City streets. Nonetheless, Yaranon's term was marred by controversies. In 2005, Yaranon was cited for direct contempt by the Supreme Court for defying a writ of injunction issued by the high court in relation to the controversy on the collection of parking fees in Baguio City.[3] A petition for his recall as mayor was soon initiated. It was also during Yaranon's term that a limited outbreak of meningococcemia in Baguio City dampened tourism during the usually busy summer months.[4]

In late June 2006, Yaranon was ordered suspended for one year (until June 30, 2007) by the Office of the President, on charges of grave misconduct and abuse of authority filed by a private pay-parking company operating in Baguio City.[5] Yaranon appealed the ruling, which he insisted was not yet final. Nonetheless, Baguio City Vice-Mayor Reinaldo Bautista took his oath of office as "acting mayor" on July 20, 2006. Yaranon refused to step aside for Bautista.[5] Despite his suspension from office, Yaranon sought re-election as mayor in the May 2007 general elections. He was defeated by Bautista.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vincent Cabreza and Donna Demetillo (July 8, 2006). "Cabinet officer quits over Yaranon sacking". Philippine Daily Inquirer. p. 17. 
  2. ^ a b http://www.philstar.com/ArticlePrinterFriendly.aspx?articleId=979
  3. ^ "SC orders arrest of Baguio mayor for contempt over pay parking case". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 1 May 2005. Retrieved 27 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Deadly disease sets Philippine city on edge". Independent Online. 10 January 2005. Retrieved 27 May 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Baguio mayor leaves city hall; vice mayor takes over". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 31 August 2006. Retrieved 27 May 2010.