Osmeña, 9 others told to answer graft raps over Kawit deal

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The Office of the Ombudsman Visayas has ordered former Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña and several city councilors to respond to a graft complaint involving the P18 billion Kawit property at South Road Properties.

Crisologo Saavedra Jr., a businessman and self-proclaimed anti-graft advocate, filed the complaint.

After finding sufficient grounds to proceed with the investigation, the anti-graft office directed the respondents to file their respective counter-affidavits and other controverting evidence. (

Aside from Osmeña, the other respondents are former city councilors Margarita Osmeña, Dave Tumulak, Sisinio Andales, Alvin Arcilla, and Eugenio Gabuya Jr., and incumbent Councilors Jerry Guardo, Joy Augustus Young, Mary Ann Delos Santos, and Franklyn Ong.

They were accused of violating Republic Act No. 3019 section 3(e) and (g) docketed as OMB-V-A-22-0228 and Conduct Prejudicial to the Best Interest of the Service and Conduct unbecoming of a public official docketed as OMB-V-C-22-0190.

Saavedra claimed that the agreement between the city government and the Kawit Island developer was grossly disadvantageous to the city, prompting him to file a complaint with the anti-graft office.