John Henry Osmeña

This name uses Philippine naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Renner and the second or paternal family name is Osmeña.
John Henry R. Osmeña
Senator of the Philippines
In office
December 30, 1971  September 23, 1972
In office
June 30, 1987  June 30, 1995
In office
June 30, 1998  June 30, 2004
18th President pro tempore of the Senate of the Philippines
In office
October 10, 1996  July 12, 2000
President Joseph Estrada
Preceded by Blas Ople
Succeeded by Blas Ople
Member of the House of Representatives of the Philippines from Cebu's 3rd District
In office
June 30, 1995  June 30, 1998
Preceded by Pablo Garcia
Succeeded by Antonio Yapha, Jr.
Member of the House of Representatives of the Philippines from Cebu's 2nd District
In office
December 30, 1969  December 30, 1971
Preceded by Jose Briones
Succeeded by Crisologo Abines
Vice Mayor of Cebu City
In office
December 30, 1965  December 30, 1969
Member of the Cebu City Council
In office
December 30, 1963  December 30, 1965
Mayor of Toledo
Assumed office
July 1, 2013
Preceded by Aurelio Espinosa
Personal details
Born (1936-01-17) January 17, 1936
Cebu City, Philippine Islands
Political party Liberal Party (19631992; 2009)[1]
Other political

Genuine Opposition (2007)
NPC (19922007)

Independent (2004)
Spouse(s) Lucy Urgello (separated)
Children 1
Occupation Politician
Profession Politician
Religion Roman Catholic

John Henry Renner Osmeña (born January 17, 1936), also known as Sonny Osmeña or simply John Osmeña, is the grandson of Philippine President Sergio Osmeña. He served as Senator of the Philippines from 1971 to 1972, 1987 to 1995, and 1998 to 2004.

In Cebu City, he started out as City Councilor in 1963, became the Vice-Mayor in 1968 and was elected to the House of Representatives representing the 2nd District the year after.

Osmeña is the incumbent Mayor of the City of Toledo, Cebu as of 2013.

Personal life

Osmeña was born on January 17, 1936 in Cebu City, Cebu to Dr. Emilio V. Osmeña and Ma. Luisa Renner. He is the brother of former Cebu governor Emilio Mario "Lito" Osmeña, Jr.. Osmeña studied and graduated at the University of San Carlos in Cebu City.

Other known relatives in politics include former Philippine president Sergio Osmeña which is his grandfather, former Senator Sergio "Serging" Osmeña, Jr. which is his uncle, incumbent Senator Sergio "Serge" Osmeña III which is his cousin and former Cebu City Mayor and Congressman Tomas "Tommy" Osmeña which is also his cousin.

Political life

In 1963, Osmeña was elected as councilor of Cebu City. Two years later, in 1965, he was elected as the city's vice mayor. In 1969, he was elected to the House of Representatives of the Philippines representing Cebu's 2nd District.

In 1970, he was named as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines.

In 1971, he ran as senator. At the Miting De Avance of the Liberal Party on Plaza Miranda on August 21, 1971, two grenades exploded, killing 11 and leaving several people wounded. Both of Osmeña’s legs were badly injured. He finished third in the senatorial race

When President Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law on September 23, 1972, Osmeña went on exile in the United States.

After the assassination of Former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino on August 21, 1983, he was the among the first political exiles to return to the country to help in the fight against the Marcos dictatorship.

He was appointed officer-in-charge mayor of Cebu City after the 1986 People Power Revolution. He was again elected Senator in 1987 under the Lakas ng Bayan Coalition of President Corazon Aquino.

In 1992, he ran for vice president under the Nationalist People's Coalition with businessman Eduardo Cojuangco, Jr. as his running mate. He soon withdrew his candidacy and was replaced by Senator Joseph Estrada. He instead sought reelection as senator but he only managed to serve for three years only as he finished in the 23rd place since the 12th to 24th placers of that election were entitled to a three (3) year term only. This was a transitory provision in the Constitution intended to synchronize the terms of Senators, ensuring that the Senate becomes a continuous body.

He became the Representative of the 3rd District of Cebu in 1995 before being elected as senator again in 1998.

Laws authored

Osmeña sponsored bills like The Municipal Telephone Act (Republic Act 6849) whereby each municipality will receive a telephone system; The Mini-Hydroelectric Program (RA 7156), which will provide non-conventional electricity in the countryside; The Public Telecommunications Act of 1995 (RA 7925), and the creation of the Philippine Postal Corporation (RA 7354). He also authored landmark bills like The Electric Power Crisis Act (RA 7648) and The Build-to-Operate Act (RA 7718).

He was also responsible for the creation of the Department of Energy (DOE) after his Senate Bill was signed into law by President Ramos in 1992 known as RA 7638.

Four bills were incorporated in Republic Act 9136 or otherwise known as The Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2000:


In 2004, Osmeña was charged with sexual abuse to a young boy,[2] for which the Department of Justice (DOJ, Republic of the Philippines) cleared because "there is no probable cause to indict respondent with the offense charged." [3]

In 2007, Vice Governor John Gregory Osmeña, the son of former Senator John Henry Osmeña, was charged by the PDEA for his involvement in the importation of 1,500 kg of pseudo-ephedrine.[4]

In 2004, Senator John Henry Osmeña sued Governor Gwen Garcia for plunder.[5]

Former Vice Governor John Gregory Osmeña, son of Senator John Henry Osmeña, was involved in the Perdido Lex Foundation scam. The staff of the office of the vice governor were the incorporators of Perdido Lex and the home address of the vice governor was utilized as the office of Perdido Lex. The said foundation was granted financial assistance by the Provincial Government for a bogus computerization program.[6]

Further reading


  1. "LP TO SONNY: DON'T RUN, Party wants Cebu City 'united' under Bando Osmeña". Cebu Daily News. 2009-11-19. Retrieved 2010-06-03.
  2. "Sonny Accused of Call-Boy Rape". Retrieved 2004-04-01.
  3. Calica, Aurea. "DOJ Drops Case vs. John Osmeña". Retrieved 2004-08-18.
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