Cebu mayor walks free after posting bail


Dumanjug, Cebu Mayor Efren Guntrano Gica was released from detention after posting bail amounting P30,000.

He was arrested on Wednesday for his involvement in the hiring of OPM rock band singer Bamboo Mañalac for a town fiesta performance that did not allegedly go through the bidding process.

In September last year, the Office of the Ombudsman found probable cause against Gungun for violation of Section 3(e) of Republic Act No. 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act. (

The mayor allegedly influenced the municipal Bids and Awards Committee to perform an act constituting a violation of the rules and regulations.

Gica’s lawyer, his father Edgar Gica, labeled the case against his son as “obviously politically motivated.”