Outgoing Cebu mayor may be liable for stripping office of fixtures: DILG

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Posted at Jun 30 2019 08:49 AM | Updated as of Jun 30 2019 09:08 PM

MANILA - The Department of Interior and Local Government on Sunday said outgoing Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña may be held liable after he stripped his office of fixtures and left it bare and unusable for the incoming mayor. 

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DILG Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III told DZMM Teleradyo on Sunday that he doesn't believe Osmeña's reasoning that the outgoing mayor paid for the fixtures with his personal money. 

"I don't think personal niyang pera yan. I think pera ng city government of Cebu 'yan," Densing said.

(I don't think that's his personal money. I think that's the money of the city government.) 

He added that the law says that if a property that will undergo renovation belongs to the government, the work should be funded by the government itself. 

The renovation should also go through proper bidding procedures, Densing said. 

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Osmeña, Densing said, may face administrative issues and face criminal complaints. 

"Baka nga umabot pa ito sa Ombudsman kung saka-sakaling talagang malaki ang damage," Densing saud. 

(This may reach the Ombudsman if the damage is big.) 

Osmeña meanwhile downplayed Densing's threat.

"Maski tsismis (even if it's a rumor) you can file sa Ombudsman," Osmeña said in a later interview with DZMM Teleradyo. 

The outgoing mayor also insisted that no government funds were used to renovated the Cebu City Mayor's Office, as he and his supporters paid for the entire P2 million cost of the renovation. 

He added that he removed all the fixtures because incoming mayor Edgar Labella had blocked his request for funds to renovate the office when the latter was still head of the city council in 2010.