BOPK lacked campaign funds?-A A +A
Friday, November 1, 2013
CITIZEN Tomas Osmeña, the head of the Bando Osmeña-Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK), was reportedly out of the country during the barangay elections last Oct. 28. Tomas was in Italy, as announced by his wife, Cebu City south district Councilor Margot Osmeña.
What he did in Italy is none of our business. But is it true that Tomas intentionally went out of the country during the barangay elections to evade his financial obligations to his BOPK's candidates?
A source said Tomas is financially hard-up and could no longer extend additional logistical support to his barangay allies. So he went abroad to avoid being pressured to spend for last-minute election expenses. Some of his candidates were reportedly demanding for additional funds from him to match the spending of their opponent from Team Rama.
The source quoted Tomas as saying that it was less expensive to go abroad than to contribute money for the election expenses of his allies. Consider that the city has 80 barangays. Give each candidate for barangay captain, or the entire slate, an average of P20,000 each. How much would the overall expense be?
But sources said Tomas did give a little amount to his allies based on the voting profile of the barangay. Before leaving for Italy, Tomas provided financial support to some of his favorite candidates in large barangays like Michael Gacasan of Guadalupe.
Iya gyud nga gipaniguro nga modaog ang iyang mga kandidato sa mga dagko ug daghang botante nga nga barangay.
If you recall, Tomas and former south district congressman Tony Cuenco had a falling out after the 2007 barangay elections because Cuenco left for the United States as election day was approaching. He did not give money to their allies.
Tomas accused Tony of abandoning his commitment to extend financial support to their candidates. But look at who is doing it now.
The BOPK was mainly relying on monetary contributions from the business sector. But only few businessmen gave money to him because Tomas has no more clout. Many businessmen poured more resources on Team Rama.
And where did Tomas get the funds to support his allies in the barangays? Don't tell me that he used the millions of pesos he inherited from his mother for the elections.
He has no legitimate business and income. His family is merely relying on the income of Margot as a councilor.
Aw hinuon, kini si Tomas nakapundo na man ning daan gumikan sa pagbaligya sa mga luna diha sa South Road Properties (SRP).
Both BOPK and Team Rama claimed that majority of their barangay allies won in the elections. Mike even counted as being with him the BOPK allies he considers as “harmless.”
But Mike should be extra careful in dealing with these personalities because they are political animals.
The recently concluded barangay elections were a sort of a preview for the forthcoming showdown of Tomas and Mike in the 2016 elections. But are they sure that these barangay captains can deliver votes for them in 2016?
Just analyze the Boy Cuenco and Alvin Garcia experience. When Tomas ran against Boy Ceuenco in 1989, all the barangay captains were with Cuenco. Look at what happened.
The same thing occurred when Alvin ran against Tomas in 2001.
Ayaw gyud mo og salig anang mga kapitan kay daghang mga kapitan ang wala ma-uyoni sa ilang mga konstituwente. Nakadaog lang sila gumikan sa kwarta.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 02, 2013.