Pub­lic as­sured: No ter­ror groups in C. Visayas

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - /COR­RE­SPON­DENT MOREX­ETTE MARIE B. ER­RAM /RE­PORTER NES­TLE L. SEMILLA AND COR­RE­SPON­DENT BEN­JIE TAL­ISIC

ONE of the Cebu may­ors who did not make it to the millionaire may­ors list de­spite hav­ing as­sets of P1.12 mil­lion is Al­can­tara Mayor Beatriz Cabur­nay.

Mayor Beatriz Cabur­nay, who filed a joint state­ments of as­sets, li­a­bil­i­ties and net worth (SALN) with her hus­band, Dominico, has a net worth of P146,000 be­cause the cou­ple’s li­a­bil­i­ties from salary and per­sonal loans are worth P1.12 mil­lion.

The mayor’s hus­band is Al­can­tara’s mu­nic­i­pal plan­ning and devel­op­ment co­or­di­na­tor.

Ac­cord­ing to a copy of the cou­ple’s 2016 SALN pro­vided by a mem­ber of Cabur­nay’s staff in Al­can­tara Mu­nic­i­pal Hall to CEBU DAILY NEWS, the bulk of the cou­ple’s as­sets come from two agri­cul­tural lots and two other res­i­den­tial lots they own in Al­can­tara town, a fifth-class mu­nic­i­pal­ity lo­cated nearly 100 kilo­me­ters south­west of Cebu City. The four parcels of land have a to­tal value of P980,000. The cou­ple also owned two mo­tor­cy­cles that costs P60,000 each, ap­pli­ances amount­ing to P60,000, a lap­top and iPad both val­ued at P50,000, and jew­elry worth P50,000.

In 2014, Cabur­nay, who was then the vice mayor, took over as the act­ing mayor af­ter then mayor Al­fredo Cañete passed away. She ran for the post in May 2016 elec­tions and won.

Cabur­nay is one of the may­ors whose SALN the Of­fice of the Om­buds­man said they were still lo­cat­ing be­cause of the vol­ume of doc­u­ments stored in the of­fice. Cabur­nay’s copy showed that the doc­u­ment was sub­mit­ted and re­ceived by the Of­fice of the Om­buds­man last April 17, 2017.

Ac­cord­ing to the 2016 SALNs from the Visayas Om­buds­man,sus­pend­edTole­doMay­orJohnHen­ryOs­meñais the rich­est mayor in Cebu with a net worth of P138 mil­lion, while Madride­jos Mayor Jay dela Fuente has the low­est net worth at P61,000. A PO­LICE re­gional in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cial has as­sured the pub­lic that Cen­tral Visayas is free from the pres­ence of any ter­ror­ist group.

Se­nior Supt. Jonathan Ca­bal, chief of the Re­gional In­tel­li­gence Di­vi­sion in Cen­tral Visayas (RID-7), made the as­sur­ance af­ter the po­lice started in­ves­ti­gat­ing a mes­sage sent to CEBU DAILY NEWS’ Face­book page dis­cussing about an al­leged plan of the Maute Group to stage a com­mo­tion at a univer­sity in Cebu City.

Ca­bal said that they have not mon­i­tored any ter­ror­ist group inside the re­gion.

“But we still have to val­i­date it. We can­not sim­ply dis­miss that as fake news or any­thing,” Ca­bal said.

The Cebu City Po­lice Of­fice (CCPO), for its part, is in­ves­ti­gat­ing and is try­ing to trace the per­son who sent the mes­sage.

Se­nior Insp. Narolf Tan, deputy chief of City In­tel­li­gence Branch (CIB) of CCPO, said that they are al­ready ver­i­fy­ing the ac­count that sent the mes­sage and had re­ferred the mat­ter to the Anti-Cy­ber­crime Unit of Cen­tral Visayas.

“They are more ca­pa­ble to val­i­date the ac­count when in terms of so­cial me­dia,” Tan said.

Tan said that when the per­son of the ac­count would be iden­ti­fied, a case could be filed against the per­son.

Ca­bal, for his part, also warned peo­ple, who planned to post or send fake in­for­ma­tion about ter­ror groups on so­cial me­dia, could get into trou­ble.

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