IS Chief Insp. Wildemar Tiu, former chief of Police Station 2, guilty of shaving a young girl’s head against her will?
The answer may come on or before July 22, according to Chief Insp. Jose Gesto, the summary hearing officer of the administrative case Tiu is facing for the alleged head-shaving.
The summary hearing of the administrative case started last Friday, which was earlier than its former schedule because Tiu was able to submit his counter-affidavit ahead of the deadline.
Gesto disclosed that their first hearing inside his office at the Waterfront Police Station (WPS) last Friday afternoon ended with both parties agreeing to submit position papers instead of meeting for more sessions again.
“They opted for it. They will submit their position papers as rebuttal,” Gesto told Sun.Star Cebu.
Tiu’s lawyer Leilani Villarino and the legal representative of the child complainant signed a certificate of readiness to submit their papers not later than July 6, said Gesto, who is also the officer-in-charge of WPS.
Once the papers are submitted, Gesto will begin evaluating their contents for not more than 12 days.
But if a party fails to submit its position paper on or before the deadline, Gesto said they may lose the case.
“Malupig gyod sila kay unsa ma’y basehan sa akong evaluation kun wala sila’y papers (Without the documents, they will be defeated because the papers are needed for me to evaluate),” Gesto said.
Gesto told Sun.Star Cebu that Tiu and the girl complainant, who was accompanied by her mother, did not meet in their first hearing session last Friday.
Gesto noted that Tiu came early while the girl complainant and her mother came in at 5 p.m. The hearing was supposed to start at 4 p.m.
It was only Villarino and the girl’s legal representative, who came from the Investigation and Detection Management Branch (IDMB) of Cebu City Police Office (CCPO), who were able to meet and agree about the position papers.
The case is only one of the two complaints Tiu is facing for allegedly shaving the heads of at least two street children, both girls.
Although both cases share similar causes, which is the alleged head-shaving, Tiu has to face them separately because there are also separate complainants, Senior Supt. Rey Lyndon Lawas of Police Regional Office 7 earlier said.
Lawas said different summary hearing officers have to be assigned in each case, too.
Tiu volunteered to step down from his post as chief of Police Station 2 last June 3. He is currently working as a staff of a unit in PRO 7.