Rama told to answer complaint for closing Capitol coffee shop
The Office of the Ombudsman in the Visayas has directed suspended Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama to answer the charges filed against him for allegedly closing a coffee shop in barangay Capitol Site, Cebu City.
Deputy Ombudsman Paul Elmer Clemente gave Rama 10 days from receipt of the order to submit his counter-affidavit.
“Failure to comply as herein directed within the period prescribed by the rules shall be deemed a waiver of the right to present the party’s counter-affidavit and the investigation shall proceed according to existing rules,” he said.
Businessman Adrian Lee earlier filed a case against Rama for closing his family’s coffee shop and allegedly threatening to “cut” his building into half.
Camia Street Cafe and Resto, located along Don Jose Avila Street in barangay Capitol Site, Cebu City, was closed by the city last July 9, 2015 for purportedly failing to comply with zoning and building requirements.
Lee said Rama claimed that the city government will implement a 20-meter road-widening project along Don Jose Avila Street, where his coffee shop is located.
He said the closure order came as a surprise since he wasn’t issued any prior notices of violation.
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