President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday night slammed Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña for being “arrogant” in allegedly saying “leave Cebu alone because this is our home territory.”
“Hoy, Tomas, dili na ni panahon sa Katsila, ha. Kanang style nimo nga mora ka’g si kinsa, taas kaayo ka manulti nga ayaw hilabti ang Cebu kay amo ni (Hey, Tomas, this is no longer the Spanish era. Your arrogance is too much in saying leave Cebu alone because this is our home territory),” the President said in his speech during Mandaue City’s celebration of its 49th Charter Anniversary.
“Who are you to say that? As if you own Cebu. By what right? Just because you are the former President’s grandson? Dili,” Duterte said.
The Chief Executive also lambasted Osmeña for allegedly accusing him of being a drug protector himself. Duterte said he arranged for a meeting with Osmeña but did not get any reply from the Cebu City mayor.
“Ingon pa ka protector ko ng shabu. Ingnan taka magkita ta. Di gani ta magkasinabot, tamparuson taka atubangan sa daghang tawo (You said I’m a shabu protector. I told you to meet with me. If ever we couldn’t come to an agreement, I will slap you in front of many people),” the obviously irked President said.
Duterte later made fun of the mayor, mimicking the way Osmeña talks and mentioning the latter’s use of catheters.
The President added that the mayor’s real illness is hubris.
“You know what’s your sickness, Tom? It’s hubris. You are proud, a braggart, a person who thinks he could not commit any mistake,” Duterte said in Cebuano.
The President then assured the audience that he would not meddle in the affairs of Cebu, but reminded Osmeña that “Cebu City is not your property. It has never been your territory. You are (only) there because you have a name.”
Osmeña, in a text message, said Duterte is entitled to say whatever he wants. “As a lawyer, I am sure he knows there are two sides to any story.”
“Regardless, I will continue to do my job. I was elected by the Cebuanos, and it is them I am obligated to. I will continue to act in the interest of my people, especially those who have no one else to stand up for them,” the mayor added. (PNA)