Ombud-Visayas to probe Tomas for city seal on car

Posted on September 12, 2012


The Ombudsman-Visayas will investigate Rep. Tomas Osmeña of Cebu City’s south district for his supposed use of a city government seal on one of two US Dodge cars in his possession.

Deputy Ombudsman for Visayas Pelagio Apostol said they will launch a fact-finding investigation against Osmeña based on media reports.

A group, which Apostol declined to identify, also sent an email to the Ombudsman Visayas last Monday regarding the controversy. He said a formal complaint will be filed by said group soon.

“The group gave us leads. I still have to look at them. As of now, the process remains strictly confidential,” he told reporters yesterday.

He said the Lower House through the House Speaker is responsible for conducting an administrative inquiry on Osmeña.

The vehicles kept by Osmeña in his home used to be owned by Bigfoot Entertainment owner Michael Gleissner, a friend and supporter of the congressman during his sting as mayor.

Osmeña claimed that his sister Minnie and nephew Paolo later purchased the vehicles because Gleissner didn’t want to donate them to the city. One of the vehicles bore the seal of the Cebu City government and a siren./ Ador Vincent Mayol


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