by: Elias L. Espinoza (Free Zone, Sun.star Cebu, page A15 | November 11, 2010)
"Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do."
- Benjamin Franklin
The signs are on the wall. Cebu City South District Rep. Tomas Osmeña will return to City Hall in 2013. He whines about the "palakasan" system in the national government. He hates the way Mayor Mike Rama runs the City Government.
Cebu City is Osmeña's bailiwick. No doubt about that.
The son of former Guadalupe barangay captain Jingjing Faelnar, for example, ran for barangay captain but was trounced by Tomas's candidate in a supposedly non-partisan barangay polls. Meaning, it is not a problem for Osmeña to run again for mayor because he controls his supporters and followers.
Tomas complained tha the was not invited to the oath-taking of newly elected barangay officials. The truth is, he just didn't want his political archenemy, Punta Princesa barangay captain Joe Navarro, to take oath before Mayor Mike together with the other barangay officials who are allies of the Bando Osmeña-Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK).
Congressman Tomas rated Mayor Mike as a disappointment even before the new city mayor could finish one year in his first term. It is as if Osmeña was a great success in running City Hall.
Mayor Mike's "friendliness" to Osmeña's political enemies irked him, so he openly criticized the new mayor. But Mike, docile as he is, just smiled at his patron Tomas's tongue lashing.
Perhaps, Tomas is no longer certain about the condition of his health that he has become irritable in everything. He also criticized Cebu Province when it placed second to Camarines Sur as the country's top tourist destination.
Osmeña's dare for Mayor Miek to get out of BOPK for allegedly violating the party's principle was more of a signal of worse things to come.
From the diatribes of Tomas, we can surmise that one of the principles of BOPK is: "once a political enemy, always an enemy." He does not want Mike to socialize with his political enemies.
I even suspect that BOPK chieftain Tomas will spearhead a campaign for the recall of Mayor Mike after one year, possibly on the ground that he (Mike) no longer consults him.
Mayor MIke is his man now. He is not obliged to consult Osmeña on his every move. He is a lawyer and he has lots of consultants on his side.
Mayor Mike should show the Cebuanos, to whom he owes his office, that he has fortitude. He should stand up to the acerbic criticism of his "boss" and show the people that he is a better administrator than his predecessor.
Mayor Mike is old enough to run the City Government. He knows his law and he also has a name to watch over. Congressman Tomas should let Mayor Mike do his job without interference.
conversely, Osmeña's medding in the affairs of the icty, whihc is beyond his turf, can be misunderstood as a sign of insecurity. Let's not forget it was Don Vicente Rama, Mike's grandfather, who made Cebu a city.
Miek is perhaps trying to let thigns pass so he kept mum on the congressman's taunts for him to form his own party, because he supposedly is no longer subscribing to the principles of BOPK.
Although it's still too early to tell, it is possible Mike and Tomas will clash in the 2013 mayoral race because Tomas badly wants the chief executive job back, while it is Mike's dream to become city mayor. (
Osmeña wants the post of mayor back
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