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Lapu mayor Chan sued for malversation, graft over food purchase

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Seven barangay captains in Lapu-Lapu City filed a complaint against Mayor Junard Chan and nine others before the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas for malversation and violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

The complaint stemmed from the city’s alleged spending of more than P47 million to buy food items from a supplier that is identified as a furniture company.

The seven village chiefs are Association of Barangay Councils president Eduardo Cuizon, Eleonor Fontanoza (Gun-ob), Regina Ybañez (Looc), Triponoa Abayan (Tungasan), Joselito Tibon (Subabasbas), Reynaldo Tampus (Canjulao) and Rosalino Abing (Maribago). (https://bit.ly/33ocNHn)

Aside from Chan, other respondents are BAC chairman Atty. Allan James Sayson; BAC members Ronaldo Malacora, Claire Cabalda, Romeo Berame, and Nestor Tuñaco; Lapu-Lapu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office head Nagiel Bañacia; and former City Social Welfare and Development Office head Annabeth Cuizon.

The complainants also named Charles Lim, chief executive officer of Heritage Muebles Mirabile Export Inc, and his wife Sunshine, commissioner of the Lapu-Lapu City Tourism, Cultural and Historical Affairs Commission.

In their complaint, the village chiefs claimed that Chan and the nine respondents made it appear that the city government’s purchase of several supplies of food and non-food relief items worth more than P47 million from 2020 to 2021 that were charged to Lim’s company were aboveboard.

The supplies were reportedly used to help those isolated at the city’s Covid-19 isolation facility at the Hoops Dome in Barangay Gun-ob.

In 2020, the city spent P7 million to purchase non-food relief items and P4.9 million for supplies for the Covid-19 facility, while in 2021, the company was allegedly awarded P30 million for food relief items and P5.9 million for food packs for 210 persons.

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