Chan to withdraw countercharge if opponents retract

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LAPU-LAPU City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan has expressed willingness to withdraw the criminal case he filed against the seven barangay captains should the latter withdraw first the cases filed against him and other city officials and private individuals.

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In an interview on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, Chan said he is willing to withdraw the grave oral defamation case before the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas once the seven barangay captains withdraw the cases concerning the alleged Malversation of Public Funds and violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices.

The barangay captains who filed the case on February 9, three months prior to the 2022 national and local elections, were Association Barangay Council (ABC) President and Bankal Barangay Captain Eduardo Cuizon, Eleonor Fontanoza (Gun-ob), Regina Ybañez (Looc), Triponia Abayan (Tungasan), Joselito Tibon (Subabasbas), Reynaldo Tampus (Canjulao), and Rosalino Abing (Maribago).

The complaint filed against Chan and nine others, including some department heads and supplier, stemmed due to the alleged purchase of more than P47 million worth of food items and non-food items from a supplier identified as a furniture exporter amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic in 2020 and 2021.

In response, Chan sued on March 15 the barangay captains for allegedly committing grave oral defamation under Article 358 of the Revised Penal Code and violating Section 6 of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, whom he said the respondent “willfully and deliberately attacked complainant’s reputation by making defamatory utterances, maliciously and with evident ill-will.” (MKG)

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