TWO offices at the Lapu-Lapu City Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) building were reportedly padlocked by unidentified men on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020.
Bankal Barangay Captain Eduardo Cuizon, who is the incumbent ABC president, said he was surprised to find that only his office and the office of the ABC’s secretariat were locked up. The offices of the Sangguniang Kabataan Federation, the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Local Youth Development Office remained open.
The ABC building is located across the City Hall. They all have keys to the building’s main entrance, he said.
Because of what happened, transactions at the ABC office were delayed, he said.
Cuizon had to borrow an electric cutter to remove the padlocks so he and his personnel could enter. He also brought with him personnel from the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office (LCPO) to witness the removal of the padlocks after he filed a police report on the matter at the LCPO headquarters.
Cuizon, an ally of former mayor and now Lapu-Lapu City Rep. Paz Radaza, believes the act was “politically motivated” since he is a critic of Mayor Junard Chan.
Cuizon said power in his office was also cut on Tuesday, Nov. 10, while the other offices continued to have electricity.
“I can only think that the motive was indeed political. I have no known enemies doing office in this building,” he said in Cebuano.
The mayor, for his part, said he had no idea what happened at the ABC building.
Chan said Cuizon might have padlocked his own office and the secretariat’s office on purpose so he could accuse somebody else.
He urged Cuizon to coordinate with him if the latter had problems regarding electricity since the City Government foots the electric bill.
“It sounds like a case of ‘padlock me’ since only they have ownership of their keys. I have no problem if he (Cuizon) destroys the padlock since it’s his office,” Chan said in Cebuano.
LCPO Director Col. Arnel Banzon said there was no need for Cuizon to secure their assistance in removing the padlocks.
He also denied receiving Cuizon’s request for assistance as he was busy overseeing security preparations for the motorcade on the opening salvo of the city’s annual fiesta.
But Banzon said he is willing to send one of his personnel to look into the incident. / GCM, FVQ / JKV