Raps filed against Lapu mayor Chan ‘politically motivated’

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Lapu-Lapu Mayor Ahong Chan said he was saddened by the accusation that the opposition has thrown against him.

Chan will face several complaints before the Office of the Ombudsman Visayas due to alleged overpriced transactions on the purchases of rice, disinfectants, and solar lamp kits.

The case filed was “politically motivated,” according to the mayor. (

“It is sad to think about it that there are still allegations thrown at me by the rival camp,” he said in the vernacular.

Chan said that he does not understand why they have to dig up the issue on the price of rice eventhough two years have already passed.

“In truth, I am not surprised by what they are doing because the elections are drawing near and they heard that we got a bigger support from the Oponganons,” he added.

The complainants on the cases were incumbent councilors and candidates from Team Deretso, namely: Michael Dignos, Flaviano Hiyas Jr., Alexander Gestopa, Rodolfo Potot, Cipriano Flores, Harry Radaza, Elias Berdin, Eduardo Patalingjug, Arsilito Pejo, Antonio Amistad, and Diosminda Hayashi; independent city councilor candidate Humprey Elvira; Delano Eviota; Charles Vailoces; and Lawyer Jeannify Tan.

Aside from Chan, other respondents in the case are former City Social Welfare and Development Office head Annabeth Cuizon; Disaster risk Reduction and Management Office head Nagiel Bañacia; City Treasurer Felicitas Baguio; City Accountant Helen Dungog; the members of the Bids and Awards Committee of Lapu-Lapu City, namely: Lawyer James Allan Sayson, Ronaldo Malacora, Claire Cabalda, Romeo Berame, and Judith Furuta.