Defeated mayoralty bet Paz Radaza loses civil case vs re-elected Mayor Ahong Chan

Defeated mayoralty bet Paz Radaza loses civil case vs re-elected Mayor Ahong Chan

By Junex Doronio
May 18, 2022

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu — For failing to appear in the mediation in March, the regional trial court here dismissed another civil case filed by outgoing Representative Paz Radaza against re-elected Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan.

Presiding Judge Mendulfo Pintor Jr. of the Regional Trial Court Branch 72 in this city issued the order of dismissal on Monday, May 16.

Radaza, who was defeated by Chan in the recently-concluded polls, failed to appear during the mediation last March.

But Radaza’s camp said they have not yet received a copy of the dismissal order, not a copy of the previous order referring to the case of mediation, as of 12 p.m. Wednesday, May 16.

“We will decide on the appropriate action to take upon receipt of the order from the court,” said lawyer Kim Anthony Castro, Radaza’s counsel.

Earlier, the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas dismissed four complaints filed last October 2019 against Chan.

Last March 17, Chan presented in a press conference the four resolutions promulgated by the anti-graft office that dissolved the charges filed against him.

Meanwhile, seven barangay captains of Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu sued by Chan for cybercrime have posted P36,000 bail each after surrendering to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).

They were Eduardo Cuizon of Bankal, Eleonor Fontanoza of Gun-ob, Regina Ybanez of Looc, Triponia Abayan of Tungasan, Joselito Tibon of Subabasbas, Reynaldo Tampus of Canjulao, and Rosalino Abing of Maribago.

In a press release, the PNP-CIDG Cebu City Field Office said the barangay captains surrendered to the office early Monday morning, May 16, after Judge Anna Marie Militante of the Regional Trial Court issued a warrant for their arrest.

Chan filed a complaint against the barangay captains for grave oral defamation in relation to Section 6 of the Cyber Crime Act of 2012 for “willfully and deliberately attacking the mayor’s reputation by making defamatory utterances, maliciously and with evident ill-will” during a press conference.

The barangay captains had sued Chan over the alleged questionable purchase of more than P47 million worth of food items and non-food relief items from a supplier identified as a furniture exporter.

Chan said all transactions he entered into passed scrutiny of the Commission on Audit (COA), making them all legal and above board.

He further said COA did not issue disallowances and suspensions on all of Chan’s transactions in 2020 and 2021.

Chan noted that on March 4, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-7 awarded the mayor for “Good Financial Housekeeping in 2021” as Lapu-Lapu City “spent and audited its public funds by delivering basic services that are responsive to people’s needs with absolute transparency.”

He stressed that the city would not have been given the award had it violated COA rules. (ai/mtvn)

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