Philippine politician guts mayor’s office after losing re-election

Source: Xinhua| 2019-06-29 16:45:14|Editor: Shi Yinglun
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MANILA, June 29 (Xinhua) -- A defeated veteran Philippine politician gutted his office days before he relinquished his post to his successor in the central Philippine City of Cebu, news reports said.

Outgoing Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmena, whose term officially ends on Sunday, stripped his office bare, removing all the office fixtures, furniture, glass dividers, cabinets, ceiling, down to the ceramic tiles.

Published pictures and footage showed that even the washroom was left with raw concrete as all of the ceramic tiles have been taken out.

Osmena told a local online new website in a text message that he spent his “personal money” to spruce up the office when he assumed office three years ago, adding that the city council rejected his request for 2 million pesos (roughly 39,000 U.S. dollars) to renovate the mayor’s office.

He said he spent for everything that was removed and took furniture out that was brought from his parents’ house.

According to news reports, incoming Mayor Edgar Labella, who unseated Osmena, is mulling to file a case against Osmena for the destruction of the office on the eighth floor of the executive building.

Osmena has been in power in the city for more than 30 years, serving as mayor of Cebu City from 1987 to 1995, from 2001 to 2010 and from 2016 to 2019. He also served as congressman for the second district of Cebu City from 2010 to 2013.

He is a member of the influential Osmena clan in Cebu province in the central Philippines. His father and brother were former senators, while his grandfather Sergio Osmena served as the fourth president of the Republic of the Philippines.

Four members of the Osmena clan, including Tomas, ran in different positions in the May 13 midterm elections but only one won.