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Pinanalo ng drug lords! Aguirre accuses Tommy Osmeña of receiving P5M payola for 2016 polls

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By: James Hernandez

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said that Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmena had allegedly received P5 million during the 2016 elections.

Aguirre said this is based on the sworn statement of Reynaldo Diaz, a.k.a. Jumbo, the bagman and cousin of the late notorious drug lord known as Jaguar, Jeffrey Diaz.

“Mayor Tomas Osmeña received payola from Jaguar the amount of P2.0M for hospitalization expenses in 2013 and P5.0 M during the 2016 elections,” Aguirre said citing Jumbo’s statement.

The Secretary noted that Jumbo is currently under the Witness Protection Program (WPP).

Apart from Osmena, Aguirre said Jumbo also listed in the payola Daanbantayan, Cebu Mayor Vicente Loot and four other police officers.

Loot, a retired Chief Supt. of the Philippine National Police (PNP), had earlier been named by President Rodrigo Duterte as involved in illegal drug activities.

“I authorize the release of his (Jumbo) statement upon request of the Task Force Commander Against Illegal Drugs of the NBI to encourage individuals possessing additional knowledge or information to come forward and corroborate the same,” said Aguirre.