Tomas de la Rama Osmeña (born April 26 1948), also known as Tommy Osmeña is a politician in the Philippines. He is currently Mayor of Cebu City. He was elected Mayor for the first time in 1988. He was re-elected Mayor in the 2004 Philippine elections.
He spent his high school years in Sacred Heart School for Boys and earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Agro-Economics from Xavier University, Cagayan de Oro City. He went on for further graduate studies in Finance, Management and International Trade in the University of California Los Angeles in the United States although the degrees which he received have been challenged as being fraudulent.
In his first term, he became chairman of the Metro Cebu Development Project (MCDP). He acquired over P2 billion worth of foreign assisted projects for Metro Cebu.
In 1990, he was elected as the National Executive Vice-President of the League of City Mayors of the Philippines. On that same year, he was chosen as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men|Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) in the Philippines by the Philippine Jaycees and the Gerry Roxas Foundation, Inc.
In the 1992 elections, he again won together with his Vice-Mayoralty candidate and fifteen of his sixteen party mates for the council seats. He was also elected President of the League of City Mayors of the Philippines to serve until the year 1995. He also accepted the position of being the Chairman of the Regional Development Council for Central Visayas.
Among his other projects is the South Reclamation Project. He also won several Galing Pook Awards.
After he expressed his concern on the increasing crime rate of Cebu City, he told the local media that he's willing to give rewards to persons who can kill criminals.
The vigilantes are usually masked, ride a motorcycle in tandem, and use a gun to kill their targets
But Cebu City Vice Mayor Michael Rama said the City Government shoulders P50 million in wages for casual employees detailed with CCPO and donated equipment yet the police failed to solve the summary killings.
The vice mayor was not happy with the report because even if the crime rate decreased, vigilante killings still continued.
Talisay City Attorney Aurora Econg earlier vowed that they will question any special patents or title that will be issued to Cebu City.
SRP Manager Nigel Paul Villarete, in an interview, dismissed Econg's claims that Talisay City is not claiming ownership, only jurisdiction.
Osmeña insisted that they are indeed after the ownership of the 53.44 hectare portion of the SRP.
The Cebu City Government is expected to pay 288,389,482 million yen or P150.28 million, a portion of the interest, to the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP), conduit for the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC).
The Cebu City Hall accounting records show the SRP loan has ballooned from the original P2.2 billion in 1996 to P4.33 billion in 2005.
Unless Cebu City acquires special patents or titles for the SRP this year–and, after doing so, markets the reclaimed area to investors — it will continue tapping its general funds until year 2025 to pay for the loan.
Cebu City needs to raise funds in foreign currency by leasing the properties to investors. That way, if there are drastic changes in the foreign exchange rate, it will have enough to pay the loan.
Cebu City officials blamed difficulties in getting titles and delays in marketing the 295 hectare SRP on the Talisay City Government, which is disputing Cebu City's application for the titling of the said reclaimed land.
Osmeña & Wawa looked into the demographics and land area which were used as basis for Talisay’s cityhood.
The municipality first applied for cityhood in 1998 and was eventually granted a charter in 2002.
Talisay City counsel Aurora Econg said she has the supporting documents to show that Talisay’s cityhood application was legal and official.
But with his move to keep the SRP, such documents were contested in the court.
Jurisdiction issues have since besieged the SRP when Talisay City claimed a 53.44-hectare portion of the project, claiming that it has encroached on the reclaimed land.
Talisay City, however, made the claim after the SRP was completed and ready for sale to investors.
Talisay City wants the portion back, but Cebu City won’t budge and Osmeña has severed sister-city ties with Talisay City if only to keep the entire SRP intact.
Cebu City's plan to file a suit against Talisay on its alleged "sham cityhood" came as surveyors discovered that a municipal boundary monument — MBM 30 — said to belong to Talisay City, was right inside the SRP.
But on May 10, 2006, the Philippine Court of Appeals has dismissed Osmeña’s petition to nullify the cityhood of Talisay. The court pointed out that the "belated action" raises questions as to its motive.
The 17-page decision penned by Associate Justice Apolinario D. Bruselas Jr. of the court’s 18th Division, declared that Republic Act 8979, the law creating Talisay City, "does not suffer from any constitutional or statutory infirmities".