Since his return to the city hall, Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña made headlines not for new projects initiated but for the things he stopped or recalled.
Some look at it as indication of a strong and decisive leader, others call it, the pinnacle of arrogance.
5 things that make the comebacking mayor controversial. Here we go:
1. Mega Cebu membership Cebu city is the heart of the metropolis, exclude it and there is no Mega Cebu to envision or even dream about. They call it CCexit, I simply call it blackmail.
“I don’t have anything to do with Mega Cebu. It is Mega Cebu now minus one,” – Mayor Tom
Read here: Sunstar: City backs out of Mega Cebu
2. Recall of City owned vehicles
Recalled for ‘inventory purposes’, these vehicles previously issued to the barangays serve various purposes. Confiscating it for an indefinite period of time hampers the delivery of basic services.
Read here: Cebu Daily News: Tom taketh away
3. Police reward and allowance
He started early and strong in the campaign against drugs, giving outright reward for every criminal and druglord killed but Mayor Tom backpedals when the city police chief was replaced without his consent.
“Kamo na lay magbuot…” –Tom O.
Read here: Sunstar: Tomas stops reward
4.Sinulog sa Kabataan
“Who are the models of Sto. Niño? The night high school students who are trying to study or the other people out the street making noise so these people (night students) cannot study ” –Mayor Tom
Read more: CDN: No more Sinulog sa Kabataan
5. Miss Cebu
“Ms Cebu will be canceled. Why? (It’s a) waste of money. It’s very elitist. It’s only for the rich,”
– Mayor Tom
Read more: Sunstar: Time to stop Miss Cebu
Its just the second month of his fresh term, Mayor Tom is only warming up. For sure, this list is far from complete.
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