DILG 7 to resume marathon hearing on City Hall cash aid

THE Department of Interior and Local Government 7 will resume the three-day marathon hearing on the administrative complaint filed against Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama and some City Hall officials over the distribution of the P20,000 calamity aid in 2013.

This time, the respondents are expected to present witnesses and evidence to prove that the distribution of calamity aid was legal.

In an order, lawyer Isidro Barrios, DILG 7 hearing officer, informed both parties that the investigation will resume starting tomorrow, Nov. 3, until Thursday at their office in Sudlon, Barangay Lahug.

Lawyer Reymelio Delute filed the complaint against Rama, Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella and 12 other councilors for grave misconduct and abuse of authority for giving P20,000 financial aid to City Hall officials and employees after Cebu suffered the 7.2-magnitude earthquake and typhoon Yolanda in 2013.

The complaint was filed before the Office of the President; the DILG 7 has been tasked to hear the complaint.

Delute, in his complaint, claimed that Rama fabricated himself to become a calamity victim and qualify for the financial aid.

Lawyer Jerone Castillo, Cebu City Legal Office head, said that during the three-day hearing his team will present their witnesses, which include some employees who received the aid.

Last month, the complainant presented all their witnesses, which include Delute himself.

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