CEBU City Mayor-elect Tomas Osmeña and his wife, Acting Cebu City Mayor Margarita “Margot” Osmeña, visited Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma in his home yesterday.
Palma told Sun.Star Cebu that the couple visited him at the Archbishop’s Palace for a customary “courtesy call” following Tomas’s victory in the May 9 elections and his wife’s appointment as acting mayor of Cebu City.
Tomas, however, did not mention to Palma his plan to reward police officers with P50,000 who can kill criminals.
“Tinood man gyud no, they came to see me pero I think its part of the protocol sa kadaghanan nga mga nagdaog o incoming official,” said Palma.
Palma said it has been the couple’s practice to visit him, especially after elections.
He recalled that Margot visited him after Tomas was defeated by Mayor Michael Rama in the 2013 elections.
Palma said that Margot sought for the prelate’s prayers to help enlighten her husband, who got upset when he was defeated by Rama in the 2013 election.
During the meeting, Palma said Tomas did not mention about his plan to reward P50,000 to any police officer who can kill criminals.
Tomas, though, mentioned to Palma that he was “deeply concerned” for the city’s current peace and order.
Palma said Tomas also told him of the latter’s willingness to support the Archdiocese of Cebu’s activities, especially the 5th Centenary of Christianization in Cebu on 2021.
In a press conference, Tomas said he and Margot visited Palma to inform the prelate that their lines of communication “remains open” and that they were “open for advice.”
Palma earlier criticized Tomas’s plan to reduce crime by killing criminals. The prelate urged the elected mayor to follow the rule of law.