Bzzzzz: Cris Saavedra pushes 'offer to help' Marcos Jr., seeks OPAV or PACC post, also writes Imee Marcos for 'second opinion.'... Bea says Osmeña family to go on serving Cebuanos.

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TWO LETTERS MORE. After his first letter to president-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr. last May 26, Crisologo V. Saavedra, who calls himself a whistleblower "in the last 19 years," wrote again to the president last May 28, then to Senator Imee Marcos, FM Jr.'s sister, last May 29. He provided Bzzzzz with copies of the letter.

Saavedra ran and lost in his bid for mayor, finishing #3 out of four candidates, with 1,342 votes, compared to Mike Rama's 225,328; Margot Osmeña's 190,836; and Dave Tumulak's -- 132,510.

The defeated independent bet repeated his May 26 proposal: offering his services to fulfill his "promise to the people in Cebu to help resolve their problems where local politicians cannot because of corruption." He said he also wanted to continue his "support after campaigning" for the Marcos Jr.-Carpio tandem.

MODIFIED REQUEST. This time though, Saavedra, apprised of the constitutional ban on hiring of losers within one year after the May 9 elections, said he could be consultant at the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas or OPAV for one year, then after that, become OPAV chief or head of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC).

He included in his second letter more photos of posters and streamers, purportedly displayed in Cebu to help the propaganda for the Marcos Jr.-Carpio tandem in the last election.

Saavedra, who is credited principally for his role in going to court over the 2007 Asean street lamps scandal, imposed on himself the condition of solving corruption in one year or resigning from office. He didn't specify the scope: in the Visayas or OPAV area alone or in the entire country.

2ND OPINION, CRIS'S FORMULA. Saavedra wanted Senator Imee's "second opinion" and "possible accommodation if found to be an asset" to the incoming administration. He also asked her to arrange a meeting with Marcos Jr. "as soon as possible" where he could present his formula against corruption, along with a letter of Saavedra's resignation in case the formula would fail.

On his desire to work with the new administration, he said "it's not a payback"; he just would like to be "an asset" to the incoming president and vice president.

No other Cebuano has publicly disclosed his interest in a job under the new leadership. And an aspirant from Cebu has yet to land a high office under the Marcos Jr.-Carpio administration.

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THANKS FROM BEA. Bea Osmeña, wife of Miguel Osmeña, only son of Tomas and Margot Osmeña, in a May 10 Facebook post, thanked "everyone who put in sleepless nights and sweltering days to help us get the message of hope and change across."

She said her "dream of better programs for ours PWDs, most especially the children with special needs, and our solo parents, will have to take a different direction." But the Osmeña family "will continue serving the Cebuanos in our own little ways." It was an "exhausting but rewarding journey," she said. Bea landed #12 in an eight-seat race, with two other BOPK bets and a Barug bet between her and the #8 placer, Barug's Francis Esparis.

LAST FB POSTS. A reader pointed out that Bea made the FB note while her mom-in-law Margot, who ran for mayor, and father-in-law Tomas, who led the BOPK campaign, still have to make a public statement since the results of the election showed BOPK lost and Barug won most of the seats again, now two local elections in a row.

In their last FB posts, both on May 8: Margot publicized her "application" for the job of mayor and Tomas displayed graphics on election day guidelines - and said he himself also received a phone message from BOPK to prospective election-day volunteers.

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