Emilio Osmeña

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Emilio Mario Osmeña
Chief Economic Adviser of the Philippines
In office
Governor of Cebu
In office
February 2, 1988 – June 30, 1992
Preceded byOsmundo G. Rama
Succeeded byVicente L. dela Serna
Personal details
Emilio Mario Renner Osmeña Jr.

(1938-09-11) September 11, 1938 (age 80)
Cebu City, Cebu, Commonwealth of the Philippines
Political partyProbinsya Muna Development Initiative (PROMDI) (1997–present)
Lakas-CMD (1992–1997)
RelationsSergio Osmeña (grandfather)
Alma materUniversity of San Carlos

Emilio Mario Renner Osmeña Jr. also known as Lito Osmeña, (born September 11, 1938) is the grandson of Philippine President Sergio Osmeña. He was the Governor of Cebu, Philippines from 1988 to 1992. He is the founder and chairman of PROMDI Party (Progressive Movement for the Devolution of Initiatives) where he ran for the position of President in the 1998 elections but lost to Joseph Estrada. He also ran for the position of Vice President and running-mate of Fidel Ramos in the 1992 Elections but lost to Joseph Estrada.

Early life and career[edit]

Osmeña was born on September 11, 1938 in Cebu City, Cebu to Dr. Emilio V. Osmeña and Ma. Luisa Renner. He graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at the University of San Carlos, Cebu. Early in life, Lito managed Hacienda Lugo. He developed Maria Luisa Estate Park, a family owned residential subdivision.

In the 1970s, he was a political prisoner during Martial Law in 1973 at Fort Bonifacio for nine months and placed under house arrest for four years. During the late 1970s, he focused on developing real estate projects. It was not until the assassination of Ninoy Aquino that he got involved in politics and ran for governor in 1988.

Governor of Cebu[edit]

Osmeña served as the Governor of Cebu from June 30, 1988 to June 30, 1992.[1]

Economic Reforms[edit]

After the reorganization of local governments and the ratification of the 1987 Constitution, he ran for the position of Governor for the province of Cebu in 1988 and won. During his term as Governor of Cebu, Osmeña was able to increase the provincial budget to 1 billion pesos per annum. He made possible the construction of flyovers and causeways, and purchased heavy equipment that caused the opening and maintenance of several barangay roads and bridges as well as the farm-to-market roads and began construction of the Trans Central Highway, connecting Cebu City to the West. Osmeña launched a Water Distribution Program in the entire island, making water available to 90% of the population, as opposed to the 56% before his incumbency. He set up the municipal telephone system throughout the province. Osmeña initiated the modernization of Cebu's International Airport. He also worked with Fr. Fancisco G. Silva in developing "Rural Electrification" for remote areas of the province. He also initiated direct flights from Cebu to the different parts of the world. He was elected as Chairman of the League of Governors of the Philippines from 1990 to 1992. It was during his watch as Governor of Cebu that Cebu experience an economic boom.

1992 Vice-Presidential Election[edit]

After Fidel Ramos bolted the LDP in 1992, he invited Osmeña to his new party Lakas Tao and offered to be his running mate in the May 11 elections. Osmeña accepted Ramos' invitation and accepted his offer citing his vision to follow his grandfather's footsteps. He however lost to Joseph Estrada in a 7-way race for Vice President.[2]


Chief Economic Adviser[edit]

Osmeña served as Executive Vice President of Lakas-NUCD and Chief Economic Adviser of President Fidel V. Ramos from 1993 to 1997.[3] He also Chaired the Presidential Committee on Flagship Programs and Projects and finished or substantially undertook the following projects: The General Santos Airport, the Mactan Cebu International Airport, the upgrading of the Batangas port, the upgrading of the General Santos Seaport, the Rehabilitation of the Pan-Philippine Highway, the Quirino Highway, the Southern Tagalog Arterial Highway (Sto. Tomas-Lipa Section), C-5 Road (from South Luzon Expressway to Katipunan Avenue), the Metro Manila Skyway (Buendia to Bicutan), the Edsa/Boni underpass, the Kalayaan/EDSA flyover, the Ayala-Pasay Road interchange, the EDSA-Shaw flyover, the Bohol Circumferential Road, the Bataan Combined Cycle Power Plant (600MW), the Palimpinon Geothermal Plant (80MW), the Pagbilao Plant (700MW), the Upper Mahiao & Malitbog Geotherman Plant in Leyte (231MW), the Rehabilitation of PNR South Line, Line 2, Line 3 and the Deregulation of the Telecom Sector.

1998 Presidential Election[edit]

In 1997 he bolted from Lakas-NUCD and formed his own party he called PROMDI Party (Probinsya Muna Development Initiative).[3] With Ismael Sueño as his running mate, he ran for the position of President in the 11-way presidential election but lost to Joseph Estrada.

Recent Activities[edit]

Osmeña returned to private life after the elections handling the party he founded as a party-list party. In the House of Representatives, the party was represented by Joy Augustus Young. Osmeña did not run in the 2004 elections and supported his former political rival Raul Roco for president. His party was disqualified in the party list elections, citing that the party was a national political party.

Emilio M. R. Osmena has filled his candidacy for the Senate in the 2010 May elections.

Personal life[edit]

Lito, as he is often called, is married to Annette Versoza and has three children namely Mariano, Maria Luisa, and Emilio III. He has 8 grand children – Annette, Santino, Marie, Katrien, Alexander, Emilio IV, Illeana, and Julia. Lito is part of the Osmeña clan, a very influential political family in the Philippines. Other prominent family members include Former Senators Sergio Osmeña III, John Henry Osmeña and Sergio Osmeña Jr.; Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña, former President Sergio Osmeña, former Cebu Vice Governor John Gregory Osmeña, as well as his sister, real estate developer Annabelle "Annie" Osmeña-Aboitiz.


  1. ^ "Lito O + Lollypop O in 2016? Osmeña lists his options". Philippine Daily Inquirer. June 17, 2015. Archived from the original on March 30, 2016.
  2. ^ Studwell, Joe (2010-09-03). Asian Godfathers: Money and Power in Hong Kong and South East Asia. Profile Books. pp. 285–286. ISBN 9781847651440. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  3. ^ a b Choi, Jungug (2007-01-24). Governments and Markets in East Asia: The Politics of Economic Crises. Routledge. p. 68. ISBN 9781134150540. Retrieved 30 March 2016.

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