‘Is it too late now to say sorry?’ Gomez to Osmeña: I am sorry it was a miscommunication
Mayor Richard Gomez apologized for “any miscommunication” that resulted in the withdrawal of Cebu City’s P10.3-million donation to earthquake-stricken Ormoc City.
A 6.5 magnitude earthquake hit the city last July 6.
“The news of Mayor Tomas Osmeña withdrawing Cebu City’s donation of P 10,270,800.00 is disappointing,” Gomez said Wednesday. “It comes at a time when the city council is to pass a resolution giving me authority to sign the (Memorandum of Agreement) with him, in behalf of Ormoc City, and hand-carry the same to Cebu.”
An “insulted” Osmeña, who also felt unacknowledged by Gomez, said he would cancel aid to Ormoc “because they’re not interested (and) they’re not doing anything.”
The Ormoc mayor, however, said that his government does not take any assistance – big or small – for granted.
“The donation, which will solely be used to buy generators for our water pumps, and two units for our city disaster risk reduction management office, is very much welcome,” the actor-turned-politiko said.
According to Osmeña, Cebu City Government’s cash assistance would instead be donated to the families of soldiers killed in Marawi.
“It is unfortunate that there seems to be a misunderstanding here. We do the rounds asking for assistance, and when able we even personally go to the donor/s to express our thanks. If you think about it, it really does not make sense for the City of Ormoc to snub a donation, any donation for that matter, especially if it is given sincerely,” Gomez explained.
He also said he already wrote the Cebuano politiko asking him to reconsider his decision.
“I am hopeful that Mayor Osmeña will reconsider his intent to withdraw the assistance which we so direly need,” he said.