THE show must go on.
Cebu City Mayor-elect Michael “Mike” Rama is unfazed by the election protest filed by his defeated rival, former councilor Margarita “Margot” Osmeña.
In an interview with dyLA on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, Osmeña admitted that she had filed an election protest before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Manila.
When asked the basis of her protest, Osmeña answered that her lawyers would take care of that.
Rama said Thursday, June 2, that he had not read the protest but had already instructed his lawyers to work on the matter.
He does not see the election protest as a deterrent to his incoming administration, which will begin at noon of June 30.
“The show must go on. We have been working and everything is already towards starting right by July 1, and activities have already been put in place. My city administrator is very much aware of everything that will have to transpire now until June 30,” said Rama.
Rama was proclaimed winner by the Comelec Board of Canvassers after securing 239,656 votes against Osmeña’s 202,446 votes in the May 9 elections. This gave Rama a winning margin of 37,210 votes.
Osmeña’s running mate and Liga ng Mga Barangay President Franklyn Ong immediately conceded a day after the election after losing to Rama’s running mate, Councilor Raymond Alvin Garcia.
“Nasayod ko nga daghan ta nga nasakitan sa resulta sa piniliay. Wala man kini ni pabor nato apan kinahanglan ni nato dawaton,” Ong wrote on his Facebook page on May 10. (I know many of us are pained by the election result. It did not favor us, but we must accept it.)
Garcia garnered 283,235 votes, while Ong got 222,722 votes in the vice mayoral race.
Despite the election protest, Rama said he already had initial plans for his inauguration ceremony.
Rama did not divulge the details of the inauguration for “security reasons” but said it should happen on June 30.
“It should not be before (June 30). Kung naa man gani mga (If there will be any) before (dates), mga kuan na siya, mga gi nganlan nato nga (we’d call those) very, very, very private oath-taking,” said Rama.
Rama, who has been on “special leave” since May 26, said he would cut short his leave by a day and return to City Hall on June 3.
The mayor also divulged that he would attend the special general assembly of the League of Cities of the Philippines in Manila on Thursday.
Rama said among the items for discussion at the assembly were the recognition of the outgoing mayors and the creation of the 2022 election committee for the league’s officers.
THE show must go on.