7 Lapu-Lapu village chiefs nabbed

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AT LEAST seven barangay captains in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu were arrested for oral defamation at 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 16, 2022.

Nabbed were Eduardo Cuizon, 63, of Barangay Bangkal; Eleonor Fontanoza, 57, of Barangay Gun-ob; Regina Ybanez, 63, of Looc; Triponia Abayan, 69, of Barangay Tungasan; Joselito Tibon, 56, of Barangay Subabasbas; Reynaldo Tampus, 60, of Canjulao; and Rosalino Abing, 63, of Maribago.

They were arrested by joint teams from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office Station 3 based on a warrant of arrest issued by Judge Anna Marie Militante of 7th Judicial Region Branch 53 of Lapu-Lapu City.

Bangkal village chief Cuizon, an ally of Lapu-Lapu City Representative Paz Radaza, is an ex-officio member of the Lapu-Lapu City Council being the president of the Association of Barangay Councils.

On March 15, 2022, Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan filed counter-charges for oral defamation against the seven barangay captains who charged him and 11 other city hall officials with malversation of public funds.

Chan said the seven barangay officials have tarnished his reputation by making “defamatory utterances, maliciously and evident ill-will” against him in a press conference conducted by the opposition barangay captains on February 15, 2022.

“Said press conference was aired and published on Facebook through the page Team Deretso,” said Chan in his affidavit.

The court allows the arrestees to post a P36,000 bail for their temporary liberty.

The seven barangay captains are being held at the CIDG headquarters in Camp Sotero Cabahug on Gorordo Avenue, Cebu City. (REV/FVQ/TPT)

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