Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 5) — The Interior Department will file charges against Cebu City's former mayor for stripping the Mayor's Office bare after stepping down.
Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya didn't mention any specific charges against former Mayor Tommy Osmeña, but said it was obvious that something wrong happened.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) previously said Osmeña may face charges over the issue, calling the act “strange” and “uncalled for” and could expose him to charges for violation of various laws, including the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act for “causing injury to the government.”
Osmeña literally left his office bare, taking portions of ceramic tile, fixtures, furniture, and even the ceiling from rooms at the eighth floor of the executive building.
Bimbo Fernandez, Osmeña’s executive assistant, said the former mayor owns the fixtures and furniture inside the mayor's office as he used personal funds for its renovation when an opposition-dominated City Council denied his plea for a ₱2 million budget.
Malaya said they were still waiting for the official report and recommendation from DILG Cebu before formally filing cases.