US Dodge car repainted amid Ombud inquiry

Posted on September 14, 2012

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ONE of two controversial US Dodge Chargers being investigated by the Ombudsman-Visayas is now in a shop to be repainted and undergo maintenance check.

Rep. Tomas Osmeña of Cebu City’s south district said the vehicle’s color will be changed to blue from its original black and white police car look.

“Our intention was not really to keep it as a police car. There was no intention by (sister) Minnie to keep the police car. The vehicle is now in the shop… Maybe (the change of color) will help address the issue, maybe not. But this was what was originally planned for the vehicles,” he said.

Rep. Osmeña clarified that the change in the vehicle’s physical appearance was already thought of even before questions on the vehicle’s ownership and the use of the police and city government seal on in broke out.

Minnie Osmeña and Paulo Osmeña Jacinto acquired the vehicles from Bigfoot Entertainment owner Michael Gleissner last June 29. The vehicles were registered with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) shortly after its purchase. Its registration described the vehicles as white and blue colored Dodge Chargers.

The white Dodge car was parked at the Osmeña residence in Guadalupe yesterday. The Dodge police car was used during the funeral march of the late DILG secretary Jesse Robredo.

Osmeña said he was willing to cooperate with the Ombudsman in its investigation but added that the investigators should clarify what laws he violated.

Osmena explained that he borrowed the police cars from Gleissner on several occasion when he was still mayor. There were also instances when the vehicles were used to patrol the South Road Properties.

“But does that make it owned by the city? When I challenge them to file charges, that is not arrogance but a defensive mechanism because I believe in the system. All they have to do is state the laws which I violated,” said Osmeña./ Edison Delos Angeles, Correspondent

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