THEN mayor and now Rep. Tomas Osmeña (Cebu City, south district) claimed that his successor, Mayor Michael Rama, won’t win in the coming election against him.
Osmeña said he commissioned a local poll survey recently and it showed that he still has the support of the majority of the Cebuanos.
The congressman, however, refused to give more details about the survey, such as when it was conducted, by whom, the number of respondents and the margin of error.
Meanwhile, two Facebook local poll surveys also show that Osmeña is ahead of Rama for the mayoral post in Cebu City in next year’s elections.
A certain Rod Alvarez two weeks ago asked the question “Who will you vote for mayor of Cebu City?” and he got 1,309 respondents as of yesterday.
Osmeña, who already announced to run again for mayor in next year’s polls, got 770 votes, while Rama had 539 votes.
It was noted, though, that some of the respondents have more than one Facebook account and voted for the congressman more than once.
Another local poll survey on Facebook, which was asked by “Cebu is one of Asia’s best islands” last Thursday, also showed Osmeña ahead of Rama.
The question was “Who will win the 2013 Cebu City mayoral election?” and it already had 91 respondents as of yesterday.
Osmeña got 83 votes, while Rama only had eight votes so far.
The congressman said most of the Facebook users are educated and professionals, but he is confident that he can get more votes from the urban poor in 2013.
“Kay ang mga urban poor labi na sa 93-1 nasuko gyud kang Mike, mao na nga desperado na siya kay wa siyay ipakita sa mga tawo (Because the urban poor, most especially those involved in 93-1, are angry at Mike, that’s why he is desperate because he has nothing to show the people),” Osmeña said.
Rama, in a separate interview, just laughed it off and said that the 2013 election is still eleven months away and it’s better for him to just focus on his work.
He clarified that any survey is not dependable and it only serves as a guide particularly to politicians who will seek any public office.
Even if he is behind in the two Facebook surveys and the survey commissioned by his predecessor, Rama still expects to win his reelection bid.
“Tingali ug nakalimot sila nga si (Jejomar) Binay layo ra kaayo sa survey pero maoy nidaug pagka-bisi presidente, kita pa kaha nga kanunay tang nagtrabaho? Wa ta nagkiat-kiat? Kadako ug dipirinsya ana (They might have forgotten how Binay was way behind in the survey for vice-president, while we are working? We’re not making trouble? There’s a big difference),” Rama said.
Rama had built his political career under the auspices of Osmeña’s Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) until he cut his ties with the group a year ago.