P10 thousand bounty up for decals vandal

Mitchelle L. Palaubsanon (The Freeman) - April 8, 2021 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines —  Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan is offering P10,000 to anyone who can pinpoint to the person who tampered the decals on one of the pillars of the Marcelo Fernan Bridge.

The mayor offers the reward to those who would coordinate with the city government and help find the suspect or those who have knowledge of the incident or information that could lead to the arrest of the suspect.

“Kung kinsa kadtong makatudlo sa suspect nga nagpaluyo sa pangtangtang sa maanindot nga art, mohatag kita og reward nga P10,000 nga personal nakong kwarta para mahatagan og hustisya ang kahago nga gibobo sa mga tawong nagtaod sa decals,” read Chan’s Facebook post yesterday afternoon.

He said the suspect was caught on a surveillance camera removing the Datu Lapulapu decals at 12:25 a.m. yesterday, just three days after they were unveiled on Easter Sunday.

“Aduna na kita’y recording nga nakuha sa CCTV (closed-circuit television camera) sa atong syudad pero dili maklaro ang hulgway sa nawong sa suspect kay ang atong cameras naka-focus man sa mga kadalanan,” he said.

He said the act was uncalled for and really off the mark, adding that he is angry at the suspect.

“Sa tinuoray lang, nasuko gyud ko sa nagbuhat niini,” he said.

The mayor assured that the suspect will be punished for it.

“Akong siguraduhon nga mahatagan gayud og angay nga silot ning maong mga indbidwal…Yano rang gibugal-bugalan ang gihagoan sa atong mga gipangtahasan nga mo-install niini. Dili ako kadawat nga adunay mga indibidwal nga walay kaikog ang nakabuhat niini,” the mayor said in a separate Facebook post yesterday.

The artwork on the decals, which show designs that portray Christianity and Kadaugan sa Mactan, are inspired by paintings of Cebuano artist Manuel Panares.

The city’s Tourism, Cultural, and Historical Affairs Commission had the decals put up on pillars of the Marcelo Fernan Bridge as part of the anniversary celebrations for the 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines on April 14 and the victory in the Battle of Mactan on April 27. — KQD (FREEMAN)

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