The Cebu Provincial Board urged that a National Day of Remembrance be set to honor and remember the life of former Senator John Henry “Sonny” Osmeña considering his extensive years of public service.
The Board expressed this in a resolution passed Monday, February 8 as well as their “heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies” to Senator Sonny’s family.
The Philippine Flag will also be flown in half-mast in honor of Sonny’s contributions to the country and to Cebu.
Sonny, 86, died on February 2, 2021 at 2:45 p.m. in his residence at Maryville Condominium in Cebu City and was cremated immediately.
His life as a public servant started in 1963 when he served as a councilor of Cebu City and later on served as the city’s vice mayor in 1965.
From 1969 to 1971 and 1995 to 1998, he became the representative of the second and third districts of Cebu Province in Congress.
He then served as a senator from 1971 to 1972, 1987 to 1995, and 1998 to 2004. His las stint was as the mayor of Toledo City from 2013 to 2019.
Sonny was known as the “Lone Ranger” and graft buster in the Senate, said 3rd District Board Member Victoria Corominas-Toribio, who authored the resolution.
As legislator, Sonny authored Republic Act (RA) 7638 or the Department of Energy Act of 1992 that created the Department of Energy and rationalized the organization and functions of government agencies related to energy.
He sponsored RA 6849 or the Municipal Telephone Act which led to the installation, operation, and maintenance of public telephones in each and every municipality in the Philippines.
He also sponsored RA 7156 or the Mini-Hydroelectric Power Incentive Act which granted incentives to mini-hydroelectric power developers.
Aside from Toribio, 3rd District Board Member Atty. John Ismael “Jimbo” Borgonia also authored another resolution expressing condolences and sympathies to Sonny’s family. (Mylen Manto)