Margot Osmeña’s hopes: No more threats to BO-PK this year
CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City’s main opposition party, the Bando Osmeña-Pundok Kauswagan (BO-PK) is hoping for a more peaceful elections this year.
Mayoral candidate, Margot Osmeña, said that she hoped that the will of the people would be respected.
In the 2019 midterm elections, BO-PK members and allies experienced alleged threats from unidentified individuals and even allegedly from the police force.
BO-PK allies in the mountain barangays reported unknown men looking for them, drawing fear among residents openly supporting BO-PK.
The house of the village chief of Barangay Sudlon I at that time was riddled with bullets when unknown men shot at his home in the dead of the night.
A BO-PK official was reportedly slapped; riding in tandem stalked the houses of barangay leaders; and even in the eve of the elections, mountain barangay residents reported armed men lurking around.
The atmosphere of Cebu City then was near violence to the point that then mayor, Tomas “Tommy O” Osmeña, has asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to put the city under their control.
Police patrols were allegedly monitoring the residence of the Osmeñas causing fear for the safety of the family.
Back then, Tommy O had a challenging relationship with then Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) director, Royina Garma and then Police Regional Office in Central Visayas (PRO-7) director, Debold Sinas.
The tension sprung after a policeman was killed by the bodyguard of Tejero Barangay Councilor Jessielou Cadungog in T. Padilla Extension after the policeman allegedly tried to shoot Cadungog.
Tommy O failed to be reelected in 2019 after the highly intense elections.
Three years have passed and Tommy O’s wife is now running for mayor with Franklyn Ong as her vice mayor.
“We pray nga, of course, dili nato mahitabo og balik ug ang tinood nga will sa mga tawo mogawas gyod. We signed a peace covenant. Sana, we keep our words,” said Margot Osmeña.
(We pray, of course, that that will not happen again and the true will of the people will come out. We signed a peace covenant. We hope that we keep our words.)
BO-PK launched their campaign at the National Shrine of the Our Lady of Guadalupe, an election tradition for the party.
Osmeña and Ong along with Congressional candidates, BG Abellanosa for the South District and Cutie Del Mar for the North District, led the launch.
They were joined by the councilorial candidates for both districts.
Supporters flocked the Guadalupe church with banners and blasting campaign jingles to show their support.
“Make the choice and let your voice be heard,” Osmeña urged voters.
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