Alcover to sue Osmeña for ‘promoting violence’
Jean Marvette A. Demecillo (The Freeman) - February 14, 2018 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines — Cebu City Councilor Pastor Alcover Jr. intends to file a case against Mayor Tomas Osmeña for allegedly confronting a court sheriff during a court-ordered demolition in Barangay Capitol Site last week.

Alcover told The FREEMAN that he will consult his lawyers first before filing the case before the Office of the Ombudsman.

In a video that made rounds on the social media, Osmeña could be seen pointing his finger at and grabbing the ID lanyard of sheriff El Cid Caballes, who allegedly insisted on demolishing structures that were not indicated in the court order.

“Mura man gud og ga-promote og culture of violence atong mayor. Akong estoryahon akong abogado para sa pagtan-aw sa kaso,” said Alcover.

In his privilege speech at the session yesterday, Alcover questioned Osmeña’s move to “intimidate” Caballes during their confrontation last week.

The City Council approved the motion of Alcover to provide the Office of the Ombudsman a copy of his speech despite eight councilor-allies of Osmeña abstaining from voting.

“Violence will never justify anything. No ideology and lofty ideals can justify violence and intimidation,” Alcover said.

In a separate interview, Alcover said he forgot to move his second motion, which seeks to condemn the “inappropriate actions” of Osmeña against Caballes.

Alcover said the actions of the mayor, as seen in the video, were a form of “harassment and intimidation.”

“As politicians, we may talk bad things against one another, but we will never resort to violence and intimidation just to make our point,” he said.

He said Osmeña, being the father of the city, should not promote the culture of “violence” just because he was cheered on by residents in the area.

On February 7, Caballes implemented a court order to demolish houses along Don Gil Garcia Street, but some residents complained when he was about to include in the demolition the houses on a 4,728-square-meter public domain land owned by the government.

Osmeña said the court order was against structures on Lot No. 6085-A-1 owned by Mauricio Quijada, which was reportedly bought by another private entity.

The mayor already challenged Caballes or anyone to sue him for contempt, saying he can “fight back.”

Councilor Joy Augustus Young said he was well-versed with the case involving the property in question, adding he could have punched the sheriff if he was present during the demolition. —JMD (FREEMAN)

Philstar
Facebook
  • Latest
Latest
Are you sure you want to log out?
X
Login

Philstar.com is one of the most vibrant, opinionated, discerning communities of readers on cyberspace. With your meaningful insights, help shape the stories that can shape the country. Sign up now!

SIGN IN
or sign in with
Read and share the latest news
whenever and wherever you are.
Top Stories
Features the most relevant stories,
exclusive content, analyses and special reports.
As It Happens
Get bite-sized highlights and up-to-date
information as the news breaks.
Latest
View the most recent
stories of the day.
Log-in
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet,
consectetur adipiscing elit.
Quisque justo est, auctor vel ullamcorper.
Log-in
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet,
consectetur adipiscing elit.
Quisque justo est, auctor vel ullamcorper.
How to follow As It Happens stories
STEP 1
Click the story in the As it Happens section.
How to follow As It Happens stories
STEP 2
Click "Follow Story" for updates on the news.
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aliquam eu metus vitae felis tincidunt finibus ut id sapien. Integer volutpat dui eu malesuada dignissim. Sed varius justo nulla, fringilla convallis sem porta sed.
How to follow Author
STEP 1
Click on the author's name in the article.
How to follow Author
STEP 2
Once you click on the author's name, you will be
brought to the Authors page. Click "Follow Author"
to stay updated on the author's works
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aliquam eu metus vitae felis tincidunt finibus ut id sapien. Integer volutpat dui eu malesuada dignissim. Sed varius justo nulla, fringilla convallis sem porta sed.
How to follow Tags
STEP 1
Click on a tag in the article.
How to follow Tags
STEP 2
When you click on a tag, it will take you to the
dedicated tag page where you'll see the article
viewed, along with other stories with that tag.

Click the "follow tag" button to stay updated on
the topic.
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aliquam eu metus vitae felis tincidunt finibus ut id sapien. Integer volutpat dui eu malesuada dignissim. Sed varius justo nulla, fringilla convallis sem porta sed.