THE court ordered the arrest of the barangay captain of Gun-ob, Lapu-Lapu City on Dec. 21, 2020, for usurpation of authority, direct bribery and violation of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.
The arrest warrant issued against Brgy. Gun-ob chief Eleanor Fontanoza was due to the case filed by the Lapu-Lapu City Government against her for not heeding the City’s order to no longer allow burials at the municipal cemetery in her barangay.
Judge Genevieve Tabada-Lawas of Lapu-Lapu City’s Municipal Trial Court in Cities (MTCC) Branch 1 issued the arrest warrant.
Fontanoza, accompanied by her lawyer, surrendered to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Lapu-Lapu City office when the arrest warrant came out.
She posted bail of P30,000 on the same day.
Atty. Ervin Estandarte, who represents Fontanoza, said he was surprised that it was the MTCC thay issued the warrant against his client when her case should be handled by the Office of the Ombudsman since it concerns her work as barangay captain.
Estandarte said the arrest warrant was meant to discredit Fontanoza, but he is confident the case filed will be dismissed.
Two months after the Covid-19 pandemic swept Cebu, the Lapu-Lapu City Government filed charges against Fontanoza for allowing the burial of both Covid-19 and non-Covid-19 dead at the municipal cemetery in Brgy. Gun-ob.
Mayor Junard Chan also ordered an investigation on Fontanoza after he received complaints that “contractors” inside the municipal cemetery were overcharging grieving families just to bury their deceased loved ones. (GCM / JKV)