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Osmeña files admin, criminal complaints vs. Garma

CEBU. True to his word, Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña (right) has lodged a complaint against Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) director Royina Garma (left) before the anti-graft office for alleged irregularities during the conduct of police operations and for the deaths of several individuals. (SunStar file photo)

CEBU City Mayor Tomas Osmeña has lodged a complaint against Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) director Royina Garma before the anti-graft office for alleged irregularities during the conduct of police operations and for the deaths of several individuals.

The mayor lodged a complaint for violation of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, the Revised Penal Code, grave misconduct, gross neglect of duty and oppression before the Office of the Ombudsman for Military and Other Law Enforcement Offices against Garma.

As of Tuesday, May 6, Garma has yet to issue a comment on the matter.

In his complaint, Osmeña asked the anti-graft office to investigate the reported irregularities in some incidents and police operations in the city including the ambush incident in Barangay Malubog last October, the shooting incident involving police officers Eugene Calumba and Michael Banua last January; the shooting incident of Arnulfo Cadungog last January and the serving of search warrants to some barangay officials.

Osmeña said that to maintain peace and order in the city, he issued a memorandum order dated March 7 requesting the submission of several reports related to the service of search warrants to the barangay officials.

These reports include the list of personnel who participated in some police operations, the report of personnel involved in some incidents, after-service warrant report and all other reports conducted by other units of the police connected to the incidents that the mayor pointed out.

In response, Garma, in a letter dated March 7, denied the submission of the requested reports saying the requested information falls under the exception of the Rights of Access Information as provided in the PNP People's Freedom of Information Manual 2017.

However, the mayor said the exception does not cover all the requested reports.

Osmena's office also received another letter from Garma dated March 18 which gave information regarding the incidents mentioned in the March 7 memorandum order but the letter has failed to provide the reports allowed under the rules and even failed to provide explanation why the reports could not be provided.

“It is now becoming apparent that the respondent is directly evading answering herein complainant’s order as regards to the irregularities in the mentioned police operations,” the complainant stated.

Osmeña said Garma is liable for grave misconduct, gross neglect of duty and oppression for the latter’s prolonged and repeated refusal to comply with the memorandum orders lawfully executed and caused undue injury to the government.

Garma’s act, the mayor said, also clearly show the violation of RA 3019 and caused injury to the government when she used government resources to perpetrate the acts and injuries to the individual victims when she used her power to do the acts.

Garma is also liable under Article 129 of RPC for the abuses committed in the service and enforcement of the search warrants which resulted to the deaths of several individuals. (RVC)


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