LOCAL police arrested the village chief of Caubian in Lapu-Lapu City on Monday, June 28, 2021, after a warrant of arrest was issued against him for a graft and corruption charge he is facing.
Jackson Matbagon, barangay captain of Caubian in Lapu-Lapu City, was arrested for a case that violated Republic Act (RA) 3019, or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, which was filed against him by the Lapu-Lapu City Government.
Matbagon transferred a post of a solar panel that was mounted by the Lapu-Lapu City Government in his barangay in April 2021.
The warrant of arrest was signed on Friday, June 25, 2021 by Judge Ronald Caramba Tolentino of the Regional Trial Court Branch 73 in Lapu-Lapu City.
Matbagon was released after posting bail of P90,000 on Monday, June 28, 2021.
In an interview, Matbagon questioned why he was not given a subpoena from the court so that he could file a counter-affidavit.
He said the solar panel incident was politicized because he is not a supporter of Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan.
He said he transferred the post for the solar panel because the area where the post was first installed was not fit for it.
Lawyer James Sayson, assistant city legal officer, said the Lapu-Lapu City Government believed it was a violation, which prompted the filing of the graft charge against the barangay captain.
Chan said Matbagon’s allegations against him are “baseless.”
Chan urged Matbagon to just answer the allegations against him before the court.
“He clearly committed a violation of the law. He was even caught on video doing the said violation. He is even facing a complaint before the City Council because of the said violation. We were there to help his constituents. Is that politicking?” Chan said. (GCM / JKV)