Loot faces raps

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014


FORMER Daanbantayan mayor Maria Luisa Loot is facing criminal charges before the Office of the Cebu Provincial Prosecutor for allegedly maligning a village official.

Pajo, Daanbantayan Barangay Councilor Rowena Valiente filed the complaint accusing Loot of defamation, threats and disrespect.

Loot, in an interview, said she would reserve her comment once her lawyer receives a copy of the complaint.

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In her complaint, Valiente said Loot shouted “offensive words” at her during the hearing of a complaint she filed before the barangay captain’s office last Feb. 9, 2014. The former mayor allegedly threatened to kill the complainant.

Valiente said Loot “blackened the memory of the dead” when the latter alleged that her late grandfather, former mayor Braulio Arriola Sr., did nothing for their municipality during his incumbency.

Valiente said she had to defend her grandfather’s reputation and her other family members. She insisted her grandfather did “numerous achievements” to their town.

When Loot failed to attend during their next hearing, the Lupong Tagapamayapa issued a certification to file action.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 14, 2014.

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