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Cebu mayor John Osmeña to be arraigned on March 22

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Former senator and current Toledo City, Cebu Mayor John Henry Osmena is set to be arraigned this March over charges concerning his failure to release a barangay’s real property tax shares.

The Sandiganbayan 3rd Division has scheduled to have Osmena arraigned on March 22 over charges of six counts of graft.

Osmena was supposed to be arraigned this February 8 but the anti-graft court cancelled it due to his pending motions.

Under the charges, Osmena failed to release to Barangay Daan lungsod its quarterly real property tax shares from 2014 to 2015.

He claimed the tax shares were not released due to a boundary dispute with Barangay Sangi that was pending before the Court of Appeals (CA).

However, the Office of the Ombudsman which filed the charges pointed the Cebu Regional Trial Court ruled with finality on the boundary dispute in 2011.