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Ombudsman junks admin, criminal raps vs. Osmeña

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The Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas dismissed the criminal and administrative charges against Cebu City Councilor Margarita “Margot” Osmeña for lack of probable cause, The Freeman reported.

There was no sufficient evidence to hold Osmeña for trial over alleged violations of Section 35 of Republic Act (RA) 6770 or the Malicious Prosecution under the Ombudsman Act of 1989, RA 6713 or Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees, RA 9485 or Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007, and Executive Order 292 or Administrative Code of 1987, said the Ombudsman.

The wife of Mayor Tommy Osmeña was also accused by 40 former and incumbent village captains of malicious prosecution, oppression, grave misconduct, and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of justice.

“For the lack of probable cause and substantial evidence, respectively, the complaint for… against Margarita Osmeña is dismissed,” the decision read.

Osmeña earlier sued the village chiefs over their refusal to return the city-owned vehicles issued to them during the administration of former mayor Michael Rama.

They were charged with carnapping, malversation of public property, and violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.