Cebu mayor recruits bets for 2013

CEBU CITY -- Mayor Michael Rama told barangay officials of the city to aspire for higher positions and start preparing for the 2013 elections.

Rama, speaking at the 2nd General Assembly of the Barangay Councilors’ League of the Philippines (BCLP)-Cebu City Chapter Saturday night at the Waterfront Hotel, said those who want to run for higher office in 2013 can submit their names to him.

Rama said he will then decide who will be part of his lineup.

“Whoever desires (to run for higher positions), give me the names and I’ll take care of it, if you trust me. I wish you will prepare for that,” he said.

Rama said this although Representative Tomas Osmeña (Cebu City, south district), Representative Rachel “Cutie” del Mar (Cebu City, north district), former congressman Raul del Mar and some of the Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) councilors sat in the audience.

In his speech, Rama also advised officials to aspire for higher positions in the local government.

“Dream higher,” he said.

The mayor said he believes the BCLP has been a good training ground for the barangay officials, particularly in building up their self-esteem and teaching them good governance.

Although he already left BOPK, Rama assured the barangay officials that he, Osmeña, and del Mar will make sure the city keeps its head above water.

“We all may have differences but we love Cebu City very much and we will not allow the city to sink. That’s very clear,” he said.

During the general assembly, Rama said the allowance the City promised to barangay captains and barangay councilors will be released before the year ends.

The mayor had said barangay captains would receive a monthly allowance of P5,000 each, while barangay councilors would get P3,000 each.

By the end of the year, the barangay captains are supposed to get a total of P60,000, while the barangay councilors will be receiving a total of P36,000.

Rama said they are only waiting for the opinion from the Commission on Audit (COA) on the legality of granting the allowances to barangay officials.

Meanwhile, Tomas said it will be good for Cebuanos if Mariano “Mimo” Versoza Osmeña, son of former Cebu governor Lito Osmeña, will run in the 2013 elections.

Tomas said Mimo has “exceptional” training and management skills. However, Tomas said if Mimo will run, it will be bad for his campaign.

“He is a novice when it comes to traditional politics,” he said.

Lito had already said his son is interested to run for public office either as governor, congressman or mayor of a major city.

Mimo, the eldest of three children of Lito and Annette Versoza-Osmeña, earned a bachelor’s degree in physics, has a master’s degree in business administration and is a fellow of the Wharton School. He reportedly does consultancy work for firms in New York, Florida, Los Angeles, Beijing and Hong Kong.

Commenting on the younger Osmeña’s political plans, Naga City Mayor Valdemar Chiong quipped: “The sun shines for everybody.”

Before the former governor announced his son may run for office, the talk was that Mimo was interested in the first district’s congressional seat.

“Money and a popular surname are no longer a passport to victory. The people at present will always look into how candidates have touched their lives,” Chiong said.

Chiong has served four terms as Naga mayor. He said potential candidates should also develop a close relationship with the people and treat them well.

Representative Eduardo Gullas (Cebu Province, 1st district) is on his third consecutive term and barred from seeking reelection by the law on term limits.

Among the reported contenders for first district congressman are Chiong, San Fernando Mayor Antonio Canoy and Gullas’s grandson Sam-Sam Gullas. (PDF/EOB of Sun.Star Cebu)


Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Southwest transport terminal construction start still in limbo

    The construction of the country’s first intermodal transport facility is in limbo as both the government and the winning private concessionaire are waiting on each other before finally pushing through with the contract signing. Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said the ongoing titling of the project site for the R2.5-billion Integrated Transport System (ITS) Southwest Terminal should not delay the concession agreement signing, which has been indefinitely postponed since February …

  • Jesuit school confers honors on Deles, Ferrer, Iqbal

    Despite heavy opposition from the alumni and even parents of students, Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan conferred on Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos-Deles a degree on Doctor of Humanities, honoris causa Wednesday. The Jesuit-run university also recognized the other major players in the ongoing peace process between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) as it awarded GPH peace panel chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer and …

  • Mobile market tapped for saleable items worth P21B

    With more than P21 billion worth of saleable items in Philippine households, online classifieds website OLX Philippines is aiming to tap this market by targeting mobile phone users who could be potential sellers and buyers of second hand items. OLX Philippines hopes to provide better support to mobile users with the OLX app since 50 percent of the website’s traffic is generated by mobile users. “We will soon become a mobile first company,” said OLX Philippines co-founder RJ David in a press …

  • Clark to host drag racing

    Drag racing takes an exciting turn as top guns try to push their respective bids in the third leg of the 2015 Philippine Drag Racing Championship Northern Series at the Clark International Speedway.Former US servicemen William “Bill” Hand and John Ryzia of the Angeles City Hot Rod Association (AHRA)-Garage Power hope to steer their respective American V8 muscle cars to repeat wins to secure solo leadership in their respective divisions. ... …

  • The greatest city in the world

    Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) proudly brought back our flag to the Big Apple when it landed at the JFK Airport last March 15, after an 18-year hiatus. The Manila-Vancouver-New York route 18 years ago was terminated due to an expensive leasing arrangement and the Asian financial crisis. JFK Airport at Queens Borough is 15 miles to midtown Manhattan, connected via the New York subway train system. Consider it normal if you can make it to Manhattan under two hours. …

  • The future of the BPO/KPO industry

    One of the few economic sectors in which the Philippines is a global player is the Business Process Outsourcing/Knowledge Processing Outsourcing (BPO/KPO) industry. According to a recent report of the Everest Group entitled “Global Trends in the Contact Center Market and Opportunities in the Philippines,” our country is the leader in the offshore/nearshore English Contact Center Outsourcing (CCO) market with some 36% share. In the Philippines, the growth has been close to 20% over the last …

  • Ars gratia artis

    The Ateneo Art Gallery, widely recognized today as the first museum of Philippine modern art showcasing works by postwar Filipino artists. Its “pilot,” Ateneo President Fr. Ramon Jose Villarin, SJ, admits that it “runs on the fuel of the generosity and munificence of its donors.”ARTISTS, MODELS, & MEDICIS. Last Monday, 23 March, four recent acquisitions were added to the collection. A Fernando Amorsolo life-size portrait of Liliana de Asis (1952) was a gift of Francisco and Mila de Asis and …

  • Baranda, Dumlao star in Vios Cup

    Defending champion Pauland Dumlao and showbiz personality Phoemela Baranda won their respective heats at the start of the Vios Cup Season 2 held recently at the Clark International Speedway in Pampanga.Dumlao of Team Toyota San Fernando took the second heat of the Sporting Class category while Baranda ruled the first heat of the Promotional Class division to open the second staging of the event organized by Toyota Motor Philippines. ... …


Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Poll Choice Options