Cebu City mayor dares DOJ to file raps against him

Published March 27, 2018, 10:00 PM

by Mario Casayuran and Vanne Elaine Terrazola

By Calvin D. Cordova

Cebu City, Cebu — Mayor Tomas Osmeña of this city shrugged off yesterday accusations made by Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre III that he is an alleged protector of drug lords

Osmeña said he was not bothered by Aguirre’s allegations and instead challenged the Justice Secretary to file charges against him.

“I am not worried about Aguirre filing a case against me. Go ahead, file charges instead of just announcing it. He is entitled to make a fool out of himself,” Osmeña said in his regular press briefing yesterday at the City Hall.

Aguirre has threatened to file charges against Osmeña after the cousin of a slain drug lord executed an affidavit, accusing the mayor of being in a payroll of drug lords.

According to Aguirre, Reynaldo “Jumbo” Diaz said in his affidavit that Osmeña got P2 million in 2013 and another P5 million in 2016 from slain suspected drug lord Jeffrey “Jaguar” Diaz.

Jeffrey was killed in an alleged shootout with Cebu City-based policemen in Las Piñas City on June 17, 2016.

Osmeña, however, accused Aguirre of forcing Reynaldo to sign the affidavit to pin him down.

“His (Reynaldo) neck is on the line. This kind of a case won’t stand scrutiny in court,” said Osmeña.