Ombudsman junks raps
vs. Leonardia, 2 others
BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO
The Office of the Ombudsman in the Visayas has ordered the outright dismissal of the criminal and administrative cases filed by Barangay Captain Bernabe Sibug, et al of Brgy. 7, Bacolod City against former Mayor and now Bacolod Rep. Evelio Leonardia and two others.
Sibug filed the cases in July 2012 against Leonardia, former City Legal Office Joselito Bayatan and CLO Enforcement Team leader Cesar Beloria Jr, for alleged violation of R.A. 3019, for usurpation of legislative powers, usurpation of judicial functions, grave misconduct and oppression.
The case involved the clearing by the Leonardia administration of 14th, 15th and 16th streets of illegal structures to give way to free public access and to ease traffic along Lacson Street and B.S. Aquino Drive.