Os­meña may be charged for de­stroy­ing of­fice, says DILG exec

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FOR­MER Cebu City Mayor To­mas Os­meña may face ad­min­is­tra­tive and crim­i­nal charges for strip­ping his of­fice of fur­ni­ture and fix­tures af­ter va­cat­ing it.

De­part­ment of the In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment (DILG) As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary Epi­maco Dens­ing said the new mayor and other lo­cal gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials should charge Os­meña be­fore the Of­fice of the Om­buds­man for de­stroy­ing gov­ern­ment prop­er­ties and for fail­ing to ad­here to the agency’s or­der for proper tran­si­tion of of­fice.

“Ang as­sump­tion natin ang may-ari niyan ay gob­y­erno un­less proven oth­er­wise (Our as­sump­tion is that the prop­erty is owned by the gov­ern­ment un­less proven oth­er­wise),” Dens­ing said.

Even if Os­meña is able to prove that he paid for the fur­ni­ture and fix­tures, he would still be li­able be­cause an elected of­fi­cial needs ap­proval from the lo­cal gov­ern­ment be­fore he can spend for his of­fice.

“Hindi rin po (okay yun kahit siya ang gu­mas­tos) nag-cre­ate pa rin siya ng dam­age dahil may dam­age sa opisina na gi­nawa, so maaari pa rin siyang mag­ing li­able doon ngayon ‘yung is­sue kung kanya yun edi patu­nayan nya muna sa am­ing pananaw kailan­gan niya mu­nang mag­bi­gay ng ebiden­sya na siya nga ang may ari,” said Dens­ing.

“Pwede na­man yun (siya ang gagas­tos) pero sub­ject yan sa ac­cep­tance ng mu­nisipyo na pwede niyang gawin yun sa kanyang opisina hindi niya pwe­deng gawin yun ng agaran lang ‘yung mov­able prop­er­ties okay lang yun pero pag im­mov­able na ‘yung ta­la­gang ididikit mo na ‘yung wa­ter faucet, tiles, iba na yan maar­ing pag umalis sya iwan na niya yan,” he added.

Se­condly, Dens­ing said the for­mer mayor may be charged ad­min­is­tra­tively for fail­ing to com­ply with the mem­o­ran­dum cir­cu­lar signed by Sec­re­tary Año on the proper tran­si­tion of of­fice.

“Pan­gatlo, pwede siyang maka­suhan crim­i­nally sa Of­fice of the Om­buds­man kasi dam­age to prop­erty. Sa pag­pa­paayos niyan kailan­gan gu­mas­tos ng pera ng bayan para ayusin ang prop­erty ng gov­ern­ment,” he added.

(Thirdly, he may be charged crim­i­nally for caus­ing dam­age to prop­erty. We will have to use gov­ern­ment funds to re­pair the of­fice.)

Mayor Edgardo La­bella, for­mer vice mayor who de­feated Os­meña in the May 2019 elec­tions, was sur­prised when he found the mayor’s of­fice at the 8th floor of Cebu City Hall “van­dal­ized” and “de­stroyed”.

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