Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña is happy over UN Ambassador Hilario Davide Jr.’s plan to leave his post and campaign for his son, gubernatorial candidate “Junjun” Davide III.

Davide Jr. was appointed by President Gloria Arroyo in 2007 as the country’s permanent representative to the United Nations.

This, after the former chief justice served as senior Presidential Adviser on Electoral Reform in the Arroyo administration following his retirement in 2005.

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Davide Jr. is now in Manila attending a United Nations official function and he is scheduled to leave the country this Saturday.

The former chief justice, though, will return to Cebu on April 2 after his resignation takes effect on April 1.  

Osmeña said he is glad that the former chief justice decided to quit his post and help promote the candidacy of Junjun, who is running against Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia as standard bearer of the Liberal Party (LP).

“I’m glad he’s here because he can help his son. Everything is a plus, you know. It’s an upward fight for Junjun,” Osmeña, who is at odds with Garcia, said.

The mayor believes that with the presence of the former chief justice, Junjun now has much wider area of coverage in his campaign.

From that standpoint, it’s just like having two candidates moving around, yes, instead of just having one. It’s better to cover a very large area like the province,” Osmeña said.

The mayor would not reveal how he is helping Junjun, who was a number councilor in the City under Bando Osmena Pundok Kauswagan.

Junjun earlier said he will only ask help from the mayor if it is needed, but he is confident enough that Osmeña won’t leave him.

For now, Junjun said he is very happy that his father resigned from his current post to help in the campaign.

Natandog ko sa gihimo sa akong amahan. Nalipay pud ko nga nagkadungan mi ba, nihangyo ko niya, ni-volunteer pud siya pagtabang nako (I’m touched by what my father has done. I’m happy that he volunteered to help after I asked him),” Junjun said.

The younger Davide said his father will start campaigning for him after the Easter Sunday celebration.