Ombudsman junks case against Tumulak, enforcer

THE Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas has cleared the former operations division chief of the Cebu City Traffic Operations Management and a traffic enforcer of accusations that they unlawfully towed a vehicle parked on Osmeña Blvd., Cebu City in 2015.

Irish Inabangan-Amores, graft investigation and prosecution officer, dismissed the graft and misconduct cases against Joy Tumulak and Francis Pacifico for lack of evidence.

“The alleged irregularity in the clamping of the complainant’s vehicle was not established. On the contrary, respondents were able to prove the regularity in apprehending the complainant’s illegally parked vehicle,” said Amores in her five-page decision.

The case stemmed from the complaint filed by lawyer Rene Abcede, Jr., who accused the respondents of violating the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, and the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

Abcede said he temporarily parked his car on the sidewalk. It was manned by a security guard when Pacifico came and clamped his vehicle despite having no intention to permanently park there.

Amores, however, said that the complainant’s allegations remain unrefuted.
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