John Henry Osmeña

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John Henry R. Osmeña
Senator of the Philippines
In office
December 30, 1971 – September 23, 1972
In office
June 30, 1987 – June 30, 1995
In office
June 30, 1998 – June 30, 2004
18th President pro tempore of the Senate of the Philippines
In office
October 10, 1996 – July 12, 2000
President Joseph Estrada
Preceded by Blas Ople
Succeeded by Blas Ople
Member of the House of Representatives of the Philippines from Cebu's 3rd District
In office
June 30, 1995 – June 30, 1998
Preceded by Pablo Garcia
Succeeded by Antonio Yapha, Jr.
Member of the House of Representatives of the Philippines from Cebu's 2nd District
In office
December 30, 1969 – December 30, 1971
Preceded by Jose Briones
Succeeded by Crisologo Abines
Vice Mayor of Cebu City
In office
December 30, 1965 – December 30, 1969
Member of the Cebu City Council
In office
December 30, 1963 – December 30, 1965
Mayor of Toledo City
Incumbent
Assumed office
July 1, 2013
Preceded by Aurelio Espinosa Jr.
Personal details
Born (1935-01-17) January 17, 1935 (age 79)
Cebu City, Philippines
Political party Liberal Party (1963–1992; 2009–)[1]
Other political
affiliations
Genuine Opposition (2007)

NPC (1992–2007)
Independent (2004)
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Spouse(s) Lucy Urgello (separated)
Children 1
Occupation Politician
Profession Politician
Religion Roman Catholic

John Henry Renner Osmeña (born January 17, 1935), also known as Sonny Osmeña or simply John Osmeña, is a Filipino politician who served as Senator of the Philippines from 1971 to 1972, 1987 to 1995, and 1998 to 2004.

Political life[edit]

In 1963, Osmeña was elected as councilor of Cebu City. Two years later, in 1965, he was elected as the city's vice mayor. In 1969, he was elected to the House of Representatives of the Philippines representing Cebu's 2nd District.

In 1970, he was named as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines.

In 1971, he ran as senator. At the Miting De Avance of the Liberal Party on Plaza Miranda on August 21, 1971, two grenades exploded, killing 11 and leaving several people wounded. Both of Osmeña’s legs were badly injured. He finished third in the senatorial race

When President Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law on September 23, 1972, Osmeña went on exile in the United States.

After the assassination of Former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino on August 21, 1983, he was the among the first political exiles to return to the country to help in the fight against the Marcos dictatorship.

He was appointed officer-in-charge mayor of Cebu City after the 1986 People Power Revolution. He was again elected Senator in 1987 under the Lakas ng Bayan Coalition of President Corazon Aquino.

In 1992, he ran for vice president under the Nationalist People's Coalition with businessman Eduardo Cojuangco, Jr. as his running mate. He soon withdrew his candidacy and was replaced by Senator Joseph Estrada. He instead sought reelection as senator but he only managed to serve for three years only as he finished in the 23rd place since the 12th to 24th placers of that election were entitled to a three (3) year term only. This was a transitory provision in the Constitution intended to synchronize the terms of Senators, ensuring that the Senate becomes a continuous body.

He became the Representative of the 3rd District of Cebu in 1995 before being elected as senator again in 1998.


Laws authored[edit]

Osmeña sponsored bills like The Municipal Telephone Act (Republic Act 6849) whereby each municipality will receive a telephone system; The Mini-Hydroelectric Program (RA 7156), which will provide non-conventional electricity in the countryside; The Public Telecommunications Act of 1995 (RA 7925), and the creation of the Philippine Postal Corporation (RA 7354). He also authored landmark bills like The Electric Power Crisis Act (RA 7648) and The Build-to-Operate Act (RA 7718).

He was also responsible for the creation of the Department of Energy (DOE) after his Senate Bill was signed into law by President Ramos in 1992 known as RA 7638.

Four bills were incorporated in Republic Act 9136 or otherwise known as The Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2000:

  • Senate Bill 1712 – Creation of National Transmission Company
  • Senate Bill 1621 – Amending Section 5 of RA 7638 or the Department of Energy Law
  • Senate Bill 1943 – Amending Certain Provisions of EO 172 or the Energy Regulatory Board as Amended by RA 8479
  • Senate Bill 2000 – An Act to Modernize and Reform the Power Industry.

Controversy[edit]

In 2004, Osmeña was charged with sexual abuse,[2] for which the Department of Justice (DOJ, Republic of the Philippines) cleared because "there is no probable cause to indict respondent with the offense charged." [3]

Further reading[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "LP TO SONNY: DON’T RUN, Party wants Cebu City ‘united’ under Bando Osmeña". Cebu Daily News. 2009-11-19. Retrieved 2010-06-03. 
  2. ^ "Sonny Accused of Call-Boy Rape". Retrieved 2004-04-01. 
  3. ^ Calica, Aurea. "DOJ Drops Case vs. John Osmeña". Retrieved 2004-08-18.