A prediction

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

WHILE they are allied with the party of a popular President who claims that people are his boss, Bando Osmeña-Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) councilors have consistently made it crystal clear that their boss is not the people but Tomas Osmeña.

Yet, Michael Rama’s election victory on his own merit and in what has always been conceded as an impregnable Osmeña castle is writing on the wall. BOPK councilors had better read it or risk political demise.

They won while their BOPK boss lost.


That is how people exercised their right to be boss, in effect telling BOPK councilors they should now take their cue from Michael Rama whom they have chosen over Tommy Osmeña to take care of their need for the social services the BOPK has long neglected in favor of their obsession with absolute political control of Cebu City and the control of the South Reclamation Project (SRP).

BOPK councilors have to realize that since Michael Rama won not only without Osmeña’s help but also in the face of Osmeña’s stiff opposition that he would be more aggressive, as he has signified, in pursuing a program that people support, having perceived them to be closer to meeting their needs than BOPK’s program that has been exclusively wrapped around what the BOPK boss unilaterally decides is what the people need.

Unfortunately for BOPK councilors, they cannot convince anybody that people are now their boss and not Osmeña unless they cooperate with Michael Rama whom people have voted to fill their critical needs for jobs, education, health, housing, etc.

It is, therefore, an understatement that giving minority councilors only one (out of 24) committee chairmanships is a bad start. It is not even touching cooperation and bi-partisanship with a ten-foot pole.

Thus, people cannot be blamed for concluding that this arrogant and partisan decision can only come from BOPK’s control room, Tommy’s remaining seat of power.

Meanwhile, at the Capitol a BOPK man now sits as governor. Hilario “Junjun” Davide III and Michael Rama used to be allies but they won their respective seats as members of opposing parties.

This begs the question: will Governor Davide work with Mayor Rama for the good of the people of Cebu City or will he remain a creature of Tommy Osmeña and wait for the latter’s return to City Hall (which has to be considered unlikely) before cooperating with City Hall.

If Davide thinks that Cebu Province is in a big way no longer Garcia country, he must not fail to realize that Cebu City is in a much bigger way no longer Osmeña country.

The governor, therefore, and the BOPK councilors cannot continue unabashedly taking their cue from Tommy Osmena and neglect to listen to the people or, my prediction is, they might as well be writing their own political obituary.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 04, 2013.


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