Nalzaro: Recall elections hatched against Mike?

IF REELECTED Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama plays his cards well in running the affairs of the City Government, Cebuanos won’t have to elect someone else as mayor in 2016. If Tomas Osmeña, the defeated mayoralty candidate, will try to make a comeback then, it will be difficult for him to regain control of City Hall and it might be the end of his political career.

I know Tomas will move heaven and earth to regain City Hall. He filed electoral protest against Mike, claiming that the recently-concluded elections were tainted with fraud and cheating. But we know already how election protests move. It will be decided weeks before or after the next elections.

Sources said that at this early stage, Tomas and his Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) allies plan to initiate a recall election against Mike.

Tomas is banking on the support of his barangay captains to initiate the move. You see that. Tomas is really “raring and dying” to control Cebu City.

A recall election is a mechanism to remove an elected official before his term ends. A petition is filed before the Commission on Elections (Comelec), following the signing of a recall petition of 20 percent of the total registered voters. The Comelec will verify these signatures and if found authentic, the poll body will schedule an election.

However, a recall election can only be held one year after the assumption and one year before the term of the official subject for removal ends. And Tomas can run in that recall election. There have been several cases of a recall election that prospered like in Caloocan and Angeles.

Tomas cannot humbly accept his defeat because he thinks nobody can beat him. Even in defeat, he is still arrogant. But I think we won’t mind him because he’s already a political has-been.


Will governor-elect Hilario “Junjun” Davide III be just a figurehead, while Tomas runs affairs at the Capitol? This suspicion surfaced because it’s public knowledge that Tomas “masterminded” the candidacy of Davide in 2010 and in the recent elections.

There are even theories that Tomas failed in his bid in the mayoralty post because he “invested” so much in Davide’s candidacy. The P400 million he poured in the first district was to pump up Davide’s candidacy.

And I think that’s one of the reasons Cebuanos did not vote for him. That amount could have helped improve basic services and infrastructure in the south district. But he gave it to the province to increase the political stock of Davide. Morag nagabaan si Tomas sa mga botante sa siyudad.

Davide, for his part, said he will listen to Tomas’s advice. I hope he will just listen and not succumb to the pressure of his political mentor and backer. Tomas is a dictator.  What Tomas wants, Tomas gets. The reason his relationship with former mayor Alvin Garcia and Mike Rama turned sour was because Tomas wanted to impose his whims and caprices on the two chief executives.

Imagine telling Alvin and Mike to do this and that while he (Tomas) had no public accountability. I’m afraid he’ll do that again to Davide and the latter will succumb to the former’s pressure as payment for a “political debt.” Without Tomas’s support, Davide would have experienced difficulty in his gubernatorial bid.

Ang akong gikabalakan nga adto na unya ni magyampungad si Tomas sa Capitol unya mahimo na lang tawo-tawo sa humayan si Junjun. Wala na god na siyay trabaho for the next three years. Influence peddling na lang nang iya.

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