Editorial: Finally, a good idea-A A +A
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
IT'S a good suggestion, if pursued. We are referring to the idea of setting up a foundation that would continue the good deeds started by former President Sergio Osmeña Sr., the patriarch of the Osmeña political clan. Why it has been proposed only now is also a good question to raise.
“This is one of the best ways we can perpetuate the legacy of Don Sergio and continue the good works and good deeds that he started many years ago, some 100 years ago and we will continue it from generation to generation,” said Osmeña’s grandson Jose Antonio “Jojo” Osmeña on the proposed Don Sergio Memorial Foundation Inc.
The Osmeña grandson spoke on behalf of the Osmeña clan during yesterday’s annual commemoration of the birth of the former president.
It may just have been unfortunate that some of the descendants of Don Sergio were so focused on maintaining political control of Cebu that they have forgotten the non-political and therefore more substantial ways of perpetuating the legacy of the illustrious Cebuano.
Even more fortunate is the fact that the Osmeña descendants who tried to maintain the clan’s control of Cebu’s politics have strayed from the path, forgetting his political virtues.
The statesmanlike political conduct of the patriarch has been buried by the arrogance and domineering ways of his descendants that made it big in local and national politics.
Indeed, when asked about Jojo Osmeña’s proposal, former congressman and former Cebu City mayor Tomas Osmeña correctly steered clear of it. “The other people will have to thresh it out because if I will spearhead it, it will be self-serving because I am in politics,” he said.
The foundation, if set up, will have many things to do, especially on the aspect of pushing back to the correct path the passing down of the legacy of Cebu’s Grand Old Man. After all, Don Sergio was not about political control but was about unity and good governance.
The years of participation in politics of Osmeña’s descendants have shown that the perpetuation of the Osmeña patriarch’s legacy is not in fighting for political control by the clan of Cebu but in acting as a catalyst of political unity and good governance.
That can be done if the Osmeña clan lets go of its obsession to dominate Cebu politics.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 10, 2013.