Disaster council chief accused of harassment

THE chairman of the Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CCDRRMC) has been accused of harassment by five employees of Ernesto C. Ouano Development and Management Corp. (Ecodemcor).

Gerardo “Gerry” Carillo, a former Cebu City councilor, is also the legal counsel of Ocean Transport Group of Management Companies Inc. that rents Yard 3 in Ouano Wharf in Mandaue City.

Gemma Ouano-Wilson, chairperson of Ecodemcor, which owns Yard 3, said the transport company has not paid rent in eight years.

“We respect our tenants and that includes Attorney Carillo. But if he will do it again, he should be careful because I will do my worst and I think people know that I am a very good person, very good, honorable businesswoman. But when I say something, I will really do it,” Wilson said.

She said one of their employees, John Gaviola, told her that Carillo frisked the five of them before taking them to the Mandaue City Police Station 5 in the last week of August 2022.

They were later released after she called the station and told police the employees hadn’t done anything wrong.

Carillo, for his part, denied the allegations.

“In the first place, I never harassed any of them. I was only implementing a court order. We simply filed a case in court because they (Ecodemcor) blocked my client’s gate and we simply won,” he told Superbalita Cebu in a mix of Cebuano and English on Monday, Sept. 26, 2022.

He cited the status quo order issued by Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 84 Judge Joe Noel Lawas in Mandaue City on Dec. 16, 2019.

On Sept. 12, 2022, RTC Branch 87 Judge Ferdie Esperidion Riveral in Mandaue City upheld Judge Lawas’ decision.

“The parties are hereby directed to maintain and observe the same. Accordingly, defendants Ecodemcor and Ernest Ouano and all persons acting for and in their behalves, are hereby directed to remove any barricades or obstruction that are blocking CY1 and CY2 gates within a period of three days from receipt of this order,” stated Riveral’s order.

P30 million

Carillo also denied that his client did not pay rent for eight years.

He said Ocean Transport paid P30 million on Feb. 24, adding that he has an acknowledgement of undertaking signed by Wilson and her lawyers.

Wilson said their case is still pending before the court. (PJB)