To­mas to La­bella, crit­ics: Help, don’t just com­plain

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - by Inna Gian Me­jia COR­RE­SPON­DENT

CEBU City Mayor To­mas Os­meña lashed back at Vice Mayor Edgardo La­bella on Mon­day, for blam­ing his ad­min­is­tra­tion on the wors­en­ing traf­fic sit­u­a­tion along N. Ba­calso Av­enue in Barangay Mam­bal­ing.

Os­meña said it is easy for his po­lit­i­cal ri­vals to com­plain with­out ac­tu­ally do­ing any­thing to help ad­dress the prob­lem.

Yes­ter­day, Os­meña asked La­bella what the lat­ter has done to ad­dress cer­tain prob­lems of the city. He said La­bella should help out in­stead of com­plain.

“Mr. La­bella, what are you do­ing? You’ve been a gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial for 15 years. Why don’t you help out? Am I sup­posed to do ev­ery­thing like fig­ur­ing it out which roads to be widened?” he said.

To re­call, La­bella said the wors­en­ing traf­fic in the area could have been avoided if con­tin­gency plans were laid out ahead of the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the multi-bil­lion un­der­pass project. He also said that the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion (of Michael Rama) sug­gested widen­ing roads and de­vel­op­ing al­ter­nate routes. These how­ever, he said, were dis­re­garded.

La­bella even tagged Os­meña as the “fa­ther of the mon­ster” re­fer­ring to the mon­strous traf­fic in the city’s south­ern cor­ri­dor.

Os­meña said his ad­min­is­tra­tion is do­ing ev­ery­thing to come up with a con­crete so­lu­tion to the city’s traf­fic prob­lem.

“We can al­ways do that (road widen­ing). Let him (La­bella) work on that. There is PDP-La­ban,” he said.

La­bella is the pres­i­dent of Par­tido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-La­ban) in Cebu City. PDP-La­ban is the po- lit­i­cal party of Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte.

Os­meña even ad­vised La­bella to ask the help of Pres­i­dent Duterte.

“Just be fair. We are try­ing ev­ery means. We test and as we test, we are risk­ing fail­ure but we test any­way be­cause one thing is for sure, if we don’t test any­thing, noth­ing will hap­pen,” he said.

Os­meña said he does not mind tak­ing part of the blame so long as La­bella and his camp also come up with so­lu­tions.

He said he is al­ways open to ideas.

“Un­fair kaayo ba. I make mis­takes too. Am I sup­posed to walk through all this? See where the traf­fic should be? We’ll just find ways. I am not God,” he said.

“The ba­sic is­sue is they keep re­act­ing. They don’t proact. They just keep re­act­ing. You fol­low them, noth­ing will hap­pen,” he added.

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