REP. Tomas Osmeña (Cebu City, south district) is allegedly behind the Liberal Party (LP) campaign in the province.
Even Rep. Pablo John Garcia (Cebu, 3rd district) can see the hand of Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) in the campaign of LP gubernatorial candidate Hilario Davide III.
Osmeña and Cebu City candidate for councilor Gabriel Leyson were also reportedly spotted in Talisay City to campaign for mayoral candidate Johnny delos Reyes.
But Osmeña said the last time he was in the city was for a picnic.
He earlier announced that he would be campaigning for Pinamungajan Mayor Geraldine Yapha, who is running for the third district congressional seat against suspended Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia, Pablo John’s sister.
When asked if he made good his promise, Osmeña said, “No, but I have all kinds of activities there.”
As to rumors that Davide will end up being his puppet in the Capitol, Osmeña said: “I just develop options, I’m not going to tell him (Davide) what to do, he’s the governor.”
Osmeña said that when he was mayor of Cebu City, he allowed other officials to work on their own projects and he even gave his vice mayor (now Mayor Michael Rama) and councilors executive functions.
Pablo John has told Sun.Star Cebu that Osmeña’s plan to campaign for LP bets is actually good for One Cebu candidates.
“That will work for my sister because Osmeña is not well-loved in the Province. It clearly shows who really wants to be the governor of Cebu,” he said.
He was referring to the time Osmeña prevented commuters from the southern municipalities and cities from using the Cebu South Coastal Road.
“I encourage him to step back in Cebu City because it will help Mayor Mike Rama. Go around the Province, it will not help Davide,” Pablo John added.
“That’s a self-serving statement. I expect him to say something like that,” Osmeña said.
Rama, for his part, said it will be advantageous to Cebu City if both local chief executives from the City and Provincial Governments can work hand-in-hand.
Osmeña reminded Rama that the latter’s “tactless” remark over the land swap deal between the two local governments (LGUs) caused the rift.
Pablo John and Rama stressed the importance of cooperation between the two LGUs during a candidates’ forum sponsored by the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.