(Editorial, Sun.star Cebu, page A14 | November 11, 2010)
Supt. Pablo Labra II was Rep. Tomas Osmeña’s fair-haired boy at the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) when he was mayor.
Osmeña was so enamored with Labra’s crime-busting ability that at one time he lobbied hard for him to become CCPO chief even if his rank would not qualify him for the job.
To be fair to Labra, he, and to a certain extent his subordinates like Chief Insp. George Ylanan, did distinguish themselves in battling criminals and crime syndicates and for a while gained fame (to others notoriety) for their mailed-fist approach to law enforcement.