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Councilor slams Tommy Osmena’s speech as ‘dull, monotonous,boring’: Just like his accomplishments

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Mayor Tomas Osmeña gave the Cebuano public credit in most of his accomplishments last year during his short State of the City Address (SOCA) on Tuesday.

The mayor said his move to encourage the public to contact him directly through his personal number greatly contributed to his major accomplishments.

Osmeña said the public’s cognizance and information was instrumental in the Cebu City Police Office’s (CCPO) exemplary performance in the fight against illegal drugs.

He said the CCPO, then under the leadership of Senior Supt. Joel Doria, was able to confiscate PHP414 million worth of drugs also because of the public’s help.

Requests made through his personal number also paved the way for the mayor to have the City Library open for 24 hours and for the construction of the Skateboard Park, which he wants to open before Christmas.

The mayor also mentioned the success of his Long Life Program, which is the distribution of medicines to the homes of the sick and elderly residents of the city.

Osmeña also said he has not received any complaints on garbage collection after the city government has leased additional garbage trucks to address the problem.

The city chief executive said he has other projects worth mentioning, but the PHP18-billion infrastructure project in Kawit Island would have been among his accomplishments if only the City Council had approved it.

These were just among the highlights of Osmeña’s 15-minute SOCA, which opposition city councilors described as dull and boring.

City Councilor Joel Garganera said the mayor is an eloquent speaker, but Tuesday’s SOCA was “very boring” unlike his SOCA last year, when Osmeña had to pause because of the applause from the audience.

Not a single applause was heard from the department heads in Tuesday’s SOCA.

“It was very boring, very dull. Unlike his other speeches, which were very powerful and captured the attention of the audience. Now, so dull, so monotonous, just like his so-called achievements,” Garganera said. (PNA)