RADIO blocktimer Roger Cimafranca might lose his job as liaison officer of the Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) Cebu City.

The ABC's three-man committee tasked with investigating Cimafranca for berating a traffic enforcer of the City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) recommended that he be "discharged" from service.

Tinago Barangay Captain Joel Garganera, who headed the committee, said they recommended to fire Cimafranca from the ABC due to abuse of authority.

Apas Barangay Captain Ramil Ayuman and Binaliw Barangay Captain Wilson Bacor completed the committee.

"It cannot be overemphasized that he occupies a position as a government employee and that he should hold himself as a person worthy to occupy such position," the committee report read.

The result of the investigation was presented to the media yesterday.


To recall, Cimafranca was apprehended by traffic enforcer Lyndon Ocampo last May 20 on the Cebu South Coastal Road for driving an overloaded motorcycle and carrying two passengers without helmets.

Cimafranca, however, insulted and berated Ocampo for being strict and not giving him consideration.

Their verbal tussle was recorded in a video, which went viral on Facebook.

"The act of berating a fellow government employee is a mix of the lack of proper decorum, inexperience, lack of good manners expected of a public officer or employee. It should be impressed upon Cimafranca that his appointment in government service is not a vested right. It is not an entitlement that he can claim simply for the reason that he knows the mayor or anyone in government," the committee said.

"His manners divulge his character and propensity to be abusive whenever he does not get what he wants. Such attitude should not be tolerated," it added.


Aside from terminating Cimafranca's services from ABC, the committee also recommended the one-month suspension without pay of the two passengers during the May 20 incident.

They are ABC bookkeeper Alvin Enanoria and ABC clerk Philip RJ Cardona.

Administrative penalties were imposed on them because they did nothing to appease Cimfranca when they were the ones not wearing helmets, the committee said.

Garganera, in an interview yesterday, said that the two rode on Cimafranca's motorcycle because there is no public transportation that can ferry passengers to the city proper from the South Road Properties, where the ABC office is.

However, Garganera pointed out that ABC is giving its employees P1,000 transportation allowance per month.

"This will really serve as a lesson for everybody," said Garganera.

The committee’s recommendation will be submitted to ABC President and City Councilor Philip Zafra.

Zafra, in a separate interview, said he has already called a special meeting with the ABC board to discuss the findings of the committee.

Asked if they will approve and implement it, Zafra said he doesn't want to preempt the result of their meeting but added that the recommendation will be given weight.