Nato Osmeña’s wake brought to City Hall

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Friday, May 30, 2014


CEBU City Hall officials and employees bid goodbye yesterday to former vice mayor Renato “Nato” Osmeña, who died of cardiac arrest on Thursday dawn.

The remains of Osmeña, 74, was brought by his family, led by his son City Councilor Richard Osmeña, to City Hall at 1:30 p.m. for a necrological service.

In his eulogy, Acting Mayor Edgardo Labella remembered how Osmeña was as a colleague and presiding officer of the City Council.

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Labella, who was then a neophyte councilor, said Osmeña was “strict and firm” because he wants to get things done.

He said that the late vice mayor was responsible and accountable.

Labella said that what he admired most about Osmeña was his sense of humility.

“In fact, I could not forget every time there are issues that will involve legal questions, he would always say ‘a lawyer I am not so I would like to ask the opinion of member Labella on this particular issue’. That was a sign of humility from the presiding officer who I look up to because he listens,” he said.

What struck Labella most about Osmeña, he said, was that he was never hungry for
power.

“He could have run for his third term in 2001 but he opted to stop. He felt it was time to let go. He never sought for a reelection and I admire him for that,” he said.
Osmeña, who served as vice mayor from July 1995 to June 2001, was also the chairman of the Sinulog Foundation.

Before that, he served as councilor from July 1981 to June 1986 and from July 1992 to June 1995.

Labella said it was through Osmeña that he learned the rules of parliamentary procedures, which he now applies in the legislative body being the presiding officer.

During the necrological service, the council secretariat gave visitors flyers that listed some of the accomplishments of the late vice mayor.

During his stint as councilor, Osmeña authored 894 resolutions and 64 ordinances.

These ordinances include, among others, penalizing the illegal use of road right-of-way and City Government-owned lands; regulating the passenger jeepneys in the city; regulating pedal-operated tricycles; prescribing rate for towing charges and storage fees, and renaming the Cebu City Traffic Coordination to City Traffic Operations Management.

After the necrological service, the family brought back his remains to the Cosmopolitan Funeral Homes in Barangay Lahug. They have yet to announce the burial date, as they are still waiting for their relatives who will arrive today from the US.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 31, 2014.

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