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Councilor Guardo, wife face criminal raps

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Cebu City Councilor Jerry Guardo and his wife, Sambag I Barangay Captain Ailien, are facing criminal charges before the prosecutor’s office for their alleged failure to deliver a housing unit their company has sold to the complainant.

Alex Tumulak Gacho, Jr. accused the Guardos of violating Article 318 of the Revised Penal Code.

In his complaint, Gacho said he bought a housing unit from Elena Homes in Barangay Kalunasan in 2016 and paid P460,000 as equity to the developer Jacar Enterprises/Univille Homes which is owned by the couple.

Despite having fully paid his equity, the respondents failed to start the construction of his housing unit until this day, he claimed.

Several demands for the return of the amount he paid have also been made but to no avail.

“The refusal and continued refusal of the respondents to return the amount I paid without justifiable reason despite the fact that they have not started with the construction of the project only bolsters the contention that they merely concocted promises in order for me to part with my hard-earned money for their own personal use thereby causing damage to me,” read Gacho said.

For his part, Councilor Guardo said he will answer the complaints against him and his wife in the proper forum.