Citing appointment order from President Duterte, Patrick Gumaos (right) took over the post Friday of regional director of the Department of Transportation (DOTr- Caraga), which has been assumed by Nordy Lisondra Plaza (left) triggering a renewed leadership controversy that alarmed and sowed confusion among employees and clients.
Gumaos, who served as chief of the administrative and finance division received his letter of appointment on July 28. He replaced Alexander Mama-o, who denounced his ouster as illegal and foolish.
Two days after Gumaos assumed the functions of the regional director, his boss,Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade issued a special order dated August 25, designating assistant director Plaza as officer in charge of DOTr-Caraga.
DOTr Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Reiner Paul Yebra said the designation of Plaza stands as it has not been revoked and thus, remains in full force and effect.