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Cuenco needs Osmeña support in 2013?

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EVEN former deputy speaker Tony Cuenco sees the need of Rep. Tomas Osmeña‘s support to return as representative of Cebu City‘s second district — his turf for several decades.

Cuenco, who now holds office in Jakarta, Indonesia, as ASEAN secretary general, told Cebu City reporters during his current visit of his desire to run again for a congressional seat.

Described by colleagues at the Lower House as looking bored when he attends sessions, Osmeña has expressed his preference as an executive and intends to return as mayor of Cebu City. This renders the second district seat vacant.

With Cuenco’s potential rivals to the congressional seat — Councilors Joey Daluz, Bebot Abellanosa, and Usec Totol Batuhan — likewise seen as seeking Osmeña’s blessing, the perception that the incumbent congressman is unbeatable in Cebu City continues to prevail.

Many Cebuanos, in fact, expect an Osmeña win against incumbent and former ally Mayor Mike Rama.

While Cuenco met loyal barangay captains as a preliminary move, the Bag-o Sugbu Foundation which his rival in 2001 and 2004 Totol Batuhan formed years ago, has been quietly conducting daily supplementary feeding programs in Osmeña bailiwicks for several months now.

Batuhan, who formed a pro-Noynoy Aquino non-government organization in 2010, is now considered an Osmeña ally.

About anol_cebu

As chief digital officer of PRworks Inc., Emmanuel Mongaya manages the digital communications of the public relations agency. He also blogs, writes columns for Sun.Star Cebu and Superbalita, and serves as administrator for “Maghisgot Kitag Politika Bay,” Cebu’s dynamic political community in Facebook.

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