TWO appointed officials of the Cebu City Government left their respective posts to focus on the campaign for the May 2019 elections.
Kenneth Siasar, who used to be the hospital administrator of the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC), decided to leave his post to campaign for Councilor Mary Ann de los Santos, who will run for vice mayor.
Lawyer Mario Calvo, head of the city's Human Resource Department Office, said Siasar opted not to renew his employment contract last December 31, 2018.
“I am the campaign manager of Mary Ann ever since and I am helping the entire BOPK (Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan) in the campaign,” Siasar said.
Dr. Anton Reposar is now temporarily overseeing the entire administration and operation of CCMC.
Aside from Siasar, Francisco “Bimbo” Fernandez, who used to be the executive assistant of Mayor Tomas Osmeña, resigned from his post.
Osmeña signed Fernandez's resignation on Tuesday, April 2.
In his resignation letter, Fernandez said he intends to publicly campaign for senatorial aspirants of Ocho Derecho, the group led by former senator Mar Roxas of the Liberal Party.
For this election, Osmeña and the BOPK is only endorsing five senators including reelectionists Senators Grace Poe, Sonny Angara and Cynthia Villar, former senator Serge Osmeña and Special Assistant to the President Bong Go.
“Tommy and I have our differences, but no matter what, I sincerely believe that he has been and will always be the best mayor for Cebu. But I have been raised to always vote according to my conscience. Despite challenges, I have managed to do so. And this election will not be an exception,” Fernandez said, in a statement.
Fernandez assured the mayor, though, that he will vote for him and campaign for BOPK including the mayor’s brother, Serge.
If Osmeña wants him to serve the City after the election, Fernandez said he will be willing to help the mayor again.
“Tommy and I have agreed to respect each other’s choice and this resignation will not, in any way, diminish our long standing friendship. It has been an honor to work with him,” he said.