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Sergio Osmeña, III

Sergio de la Rama Osmeña III, also known as Serge Osmeña, is a former Senator of the Republic of the Philippines. He earned the respect of many citizens for his exposes on graft and corruption, most of which were anomalous government projects.

Osmeña was born on December 13, 1943 in Manila to Sergio Osmeña, Jr. of Cebu and Lourdes de la Rama of Negros Occidental. He finished his elementary studies at De La Salle College. He studied his secondary studies at the St. Clement’s College in Iloilo, Ateneo de Manila and Beaumont College in Berkshire, England. Although he has never obtained a university degree, he studied in various educational institutions which include University of San Carlos, University of the Philippines, Los Baños, Harvard University, and Georgetown University.

 

As a son of Marcos’ political rival, Osmeña was imprisoned in 1972. In November 1974, he embarked on a hunger strike along with his cellmate — ABS-CBN’s Eugenio "Geny" Lopez, Jr. — to protest the unjust detention of thousands of innocent Filipinos. This resulted in the release of 1,022 political prisoners in December 1974. Defiant to the very end, Osmeña and Lopez escaped from their maximum security prison cell in Fort Bonifacio in 1977. This exploit was enacted in the 1995 movie, Eskapo.

While in exile at the United States, Sergio Osmeña served as the Director for Movement for a Free Philippines. He was also the Founding Director of the Justice for Aquino Justice for All (JAJA) Movement. He served as Secretary General of the Progressive Party cluster NUCD-UMDP from 1991–1992. When it merged with Lakas Tao in 1992, he served as the member of the National Directorate. In 1992, Osmena ran for Congressman in Cebu’s Sixth District but lost.

In 1995, Osmeña was invited by President Fidel Ramos to join in the senatorial race under the Lakas-Laban ticket. He won in the elections and served his term as senator from 1995-2001. During that term he was asked to look for a new site of the Senate after the old Executive Building will be renovated for the National Museum. The Senate offices and session hall were transferred to the GSIS Building at the Financial Center in Pasay City. In 1997, Osmeña bolted Lakas NUCD to be an independent senator. In 1998, he joined the Liberal Party. In the 1998 elections, He ran for the position of Vice President as a running mate of Manila mayor Alfredo Lim. He lost however, to Senator Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

In 2001, Osmeña was one of the senators who voted in favor of opening the second bank envelope for the impeachment case filed against Joseph Estrada. The motion was outnumbered, and it led to the second EDSA People Power Revolution. He ran as independent for the position of Senator under the People Power Coalition. He won in the elections and served his second term as senator from 2001-2007. Right after Senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr. was replaced by Senator Franklin Drilon as Senate President, he joined Pimentel’s party PDP-Laban.

Serge, as many people call him, is a farmer and businessman by training and was educated at Harvard, Georgetown, and the University of the Philippines. He is married to Isabel Lopez. He has seven children. Serge came from a family of senators. His grandfather Sergio Sr. served during the American colonial period. His father Sergio Jr. served in the 1960s. His cousin, John Henry served in the Senate from 1971-1972, 1987-1992, 1992-1995 and 1998-2004. His maternal grandfather, Esteban de la Rama of Negros Occidental was also a senator.

His nephew John Gregory served as Provincial Vice Governor of Cebu and his younger brother Tomas III is the mayor of Cebu City. Unlike him, Tommy is a close ally of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. He speaks languages and dialects which includes English, Tagalog, Cebuano, and Hiligaynon. He was bestowed Doctor of Laws – Honoris Causa, by the Benguet State University in 2000.

He is the Chairman of the Aquaworld Corporation, which he held since 1992. While serving his initial term as senator he held a concurrent position as Director of San Miguel Brewery (HK), Ltd. He was a member of the Philippine Jaycees, where he served as a senator in 1994. He founded Pundok Sugbuanon while he lived in Los Angeles from 1990 to 1992. He is one the Directors of the ABS-CBN Bayan Microfinance Foundation, held since 1999, and the Lorenzo Tañada Foundation, held since 1998.

Other Information

  • Born : December 13, 1943
  • Birth place : Manila, Philippines
  • Political party : Independent (1997–1998; 2009–present); PDP-Laban (2001–2007); Liberal Party (1998–2007; 2007–2009); Lakas-NUCD (1991–1997)
  • Relations : Isabel Lopez
  • Residence : Cebu City
  • Alma mater : University of San Carlos, University of the Philippines, Los Baños, Harvard University, Georgetown University
  • Occupation : Lawyer; Politician
  • Profession : Lawyer; Politician
  • Religion : Roman Catholic

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