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Sonny O dies at 86

FORMER Senator John Henry “Sonny” Osmeña passed away at Maryville Condominium last February 2, 2021 at the age of 86.

He was hospitalized last year because of Covid-19 but recovered. However, he died of colon cancer.

Sonny O, as he was fondly called, one of the leaders of the Liberal Party who were injured during the infamous Plaza Miranda bombing before the imposition of martial law by then President Ferdinand Marcos.

During much of the Marcos dictatorship, Sonny was in the United States but later returned to the country and joined the growing protests in 1984-86.

After the EDSA uprising, he was appointed by then Ministry of Local Government chief Aquilino Pimentel as OIC-mayor of Cebu City from 1986 to January 1988 when he was elected as senator.

After his senate seat, Sonny O became the congressman of Cebu’s 3rd District. He was re-elected as senator during the presidency of Joseph Estrada.

During his stint as senator, Osmeña became known for the quote “Pagpuasa Mo.”

In the Senate, he also authored the Energy Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA).

Later in his long political career, he ran for Toledo City mayor and won.

His nephew, Director Richie Osmeña of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) 6, said that Sonny O had done a lot for the Cebuanos as senator and mayor.

“You (Sonny O) were one of my mentors in politics. You taught me a lot and I will be forever grateful. Cebu again has lost another great leader,” Richie said.

Ferliza Calizar Contratista, Toledo City public information officer , quoted Sonny O’s sister, Annie Osmeña Aboitiz that the former senator was immediately cremated.

Sonny O’s brother is former Cebu governor Emilio “Lito” Osmeña who has been credited for the Cebu economic boom (Ceboom). His first cousin is former Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña.

Sonny O, Lito and Tomas are all grandchildren of the late Philippine President Sergio Osmeña Sr. ELIAS O. BAQUERO