Not running in 2022: Osmeña couple to quit politics?
Jean Marvette A. Demecillo (The Freeman) - June 13, 2019 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines —  The Osmeña couple does not have plans of running for office again, at least for now, and at least for the next elections in 2022.

This according to Councilor Margot Osmeña in a conversation with reporters after Cebu City’s Independence Day celebration yesterday.

The mayor refused an interview.

The couple will leave City Hall by month’s end as the new set of city officials assumes office on June 30.

Tomas lost the mayorship to Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella while Margot is on her last term as councilor.

“I am not ashamed to say I’m turning 70 this year. Who at 70 wants to go into politics? If given another choice and I have so many choices… I have so much that I can do pa on my own. It doesn’t mean you stop...I don’t like to use serving ba because it’s overused… Giving back to whoever what we have received,” Margot told reporters yesterday.

As far as the mayor is concerned, Margot said her husband does not plan to run again.

“Well, he’s resigned na as of June 30… He will always be around if needed, if asked, but he’s not going to...I don’t think he has plans to... he doesn’t tell people what to do. Tommy has never asked people, even who believed in what he believes in, to pledge loyalty. You have never seen that,” she said.

Margot said they will now have more time for their family and friends because their schedules will no longer be “as hectic and as frantic.”

While she will be active in non-government organizations and the Cebu City Task Force on Street Children, the mayor will reportedly be managing his mother’s estate in Bacolod.

One of the family’s priorities, she said, is to schedule a medical check-up for the mayor. Tomas postponed a check-up four times last year owing to several activities in the city.

The mayor was reportedly scheduled for a check-up and a minor hernia operation at the M. D. Andersons Cancer Center in Houston, Texas even before the May elections.

Tomas has to undergo the surgery because of minor complications after his bladder was removed when he was diagnosed with stage 4 urinary bladder cancer in 2008.

He was declared cancer-free during his visit to the United States in December 2017.

Margot said they intend to make the most of the years ahead outside of politics.

Meanwhile, Labella said yesterday that he admires Tomas for being gracious in defeat. Labella was first to shake the mayor’s hand after the latter delivered his speech yesterday.

“After the last political exercise, magkahimamat gyud ta. It was just the elections. And after that, as I’ve said, you have to be magnanimous in victory and I admired Mayor Tom for being gracious in shaking hands and for being gracious in the result in the elections,” Labella said.

Tomas, Margot, and Labella were together in Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan for a long time before Labella moved to Team Rama, which was later named Barug PDP Laban. —  JMO (FREEMAN)

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