SEVERAL political personalities in Cebu were seen during the two thanksgiving parties last Wednesday for President-elect Rodrigo Duterte.
Among those is Cebu City Mayor-elect Tomas Osmeña who met Duterte during the second event that the incoming president attended in Adnama Building along North Reclamation Area in Mandaue City.
In a Facebook post, Osmeña posted three photos of him with Duterte.
In the photo, Osmeña was seen dining and talking with Duterte.
Sun.Star Cebu tried getting Osmeña’s comment on the matter, but he opted not to issue any as of yesterday.
“Not today,” he said in a text message when asked if he is available for interview.
Osmeña is a member of the Liberal Party (LP) and endorsed the candidacy of former Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas.
However, several groups in the city endorsed the Osmeña-Duterte tandem through Let’s DO It Movement.
Also present during the party was Rep. Rodrigo Abellanosa (Cebu City South District), who confirmed his attendance in a text message sent to Sun.Star Cebu.
After the Wednesday event, Abellanosa, who is a member of LP was among the local officials in the Cebu who transferred to PDP-Laban.
He took his oath yesterday in a hotel in Lapu-lapu City.
Asked on the development, Abellanosa said his decision to transfer to PDP-Laban was due to the result of the May 9 elections when Duterte won in Cebu.
He said the residents of the city supported Duterte and he can’t turn a deaf ear to them.
“Our constituents in Cebu City south district have given unequivocal terms their support to President-elect Rodrigo Duterte through their resounding votes for him and for me. It has become urgent for me to join the political party of the incoming president and support his legislative-executive agenda,” Abellanosa said.
He said the interest of the residents of the city is his priority, so projects and programs will be carried out by the agencies and departments of the national government.
“Ginoo, pasayloa sila kay wala sila nahibaw sa ilang gibuhat (Lord, forgive them for they don’t know what they’re doing).”
This was the statement of Talisay City Mayor-elect Eduardo Gullas in reaction to the call of Cebu City Mayor-elect Tomas Osmeña to criminals to move to the former’s city.
But Gullas refuses to elaborate as he doesn’t want to dignify Osmeña’s comment with his own reply.
On his part, Gullas’s chief legal counsel and incoming city administrator Avenescio Piramide criticized Osmeña for patronizing the murder of criminals as a way to improve his city’s peace and order situation.
Like Gullas, Piramide, a lawyer, urged Osmeña to follow the rule of law.
“A little learning is a very dangerous thing. If you don’t know anything about law, don’t talk about law. Ang paradigm man gud ni Sir Eddie (Gullas) is that we live in a constitutional paradigm. It always boils down to the rule of law. Ang basic definition sa due process is that it hears before it condemns and renders judgement only after trial. Natuman ba na? Unsa may nahitabo ni Yawa (Secretaria)?” Piramide said.
Piramide said that if Osmeña refuses to follow the rule of law, he would be held accountable for the deaths of criminals, including innocent people killed in the crossfire, later on.
“Death should not be imposed as a penalty, but what we are doing is worst,” Piramide added.