So in my previous post, I wondered what was eating Cebu City mayor Tomas “Tommy” Osmena and recounted how I had met him six or seven years ago.
The portly local politician who feasted on endless rounds of Japanese barbecue with me and my friends certainly left an impression on me that night. His other stories, some I can barely remember now, reminded me about just how much more colorful our local politics is compared to the politics of nationally elected officials.
Calauan Laguna Mayor Antonio Sanchez and the Ampatuans accused of orchestrating the Maguindano Massacre could make it to a list of just how horrifically colorful politics on the provincial, city and municipal levels can get.
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Of course, I am not saying that Mayor Osmeña would make it to such a list because, so far, the stories that surfaced about him lately could scarcely compare to the terror people feel towards Sanchez or the Ampatuans.
If I were to characterize news articles about mayor Osmeña similar to how people describe horror movies, I’d say that they seem to have an ominous feel about them — very much like the set-up scenes in Asian horror flicks like The Ring.
Insidious, really. There’s something a bit off about mayor Osmeña, but I just can’t put a finger on it yet.
For instance, there’s this story floating around that Osmeña’s name was included in a list of politicians who are accused of being protectors of illegal drug dealers. Then there is another story which suggests that Osmena is allied with Vice president Leni Robredo and Senator Antonio Trillanes which came out around the time people were anxious over a plot to oust President Rodrigo Duterte.
Of course, Osmeña denies both stories the same way he downplays accusations of corruption in the case filed against him for issuing a government bought ambulance to a civilian political supporter of his.
Then there’s this interesting tidbit:
Earlier, Osmeña was also directed by the OP to answer the four administrative cases filed by Cebu City Councilor Pastor “Jun” Alcover Jr. in August last year.
Alcover accused Osmeña of allegedly enticing policemen with cash rewards to kill people involved in illegal drugs; designating councilors allied with him as deputy mayors; designating his wife, Councilor Margot Osmeña, as deputy mayor, which is considered nepotism; and ordering that the flag ceremony at City Hall be held only once a month when it should be held daily.
But what cannot be denied so far is that he had shutdown all the branches of Banco De Oro operating in his city, a move that sent shudders throughout the Cebu business community.
At this point I am wondering, what will happen next?