Interim mayor leads administrative bets in Cebu City


PRESENTATION OF CANDIDATES. Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque’s Secretary greets Cebu City Acting Mayor Michael Rama, who led other candidates during the candidate presentation at Casino Español on Tuesday, October 5, 2021. Rama now heads the Barug-PDP Laban administrative coalition, with Mayor Edgardo Labella on leave for health reasons. (Screenshot of Barug’s social media video)

CITY OF CEBU – The secretary of the spokesperson for the presidency, Harry Roque, on Tuesday led the presentation of the candidates for the administrative coalition led by the interim mayor Michael Rama, candidate for mayor of this city.

“Cebu has always been probably the most important city in the Philippines… This is where the story began, where we first demonstrated our heroism as Filipinos, and this is where we were able to prove that Filipinos can soar, ”Roque said. the crowd as he introduced the contestants at Casino Español.

In a video message, Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go urged the group to make a sacrifice on behalf of public service, which is a 24/7 commitment.

Rama, who has not yet submitted his certificate of candidacy (COC), now heads the Partido Barug, a regional political party allied with the ruling PDP-Laban party.

The outgoing mayor Edgardo Labella is on leave for health reasons and is no longer standing in the municipal elections of May 9, 2022.

Rama’s running mate will be outgoing advisor Raymund Alvin Garcia, a descendant of a family that owns the Sunstar print media company.

In his speech, Rama said his team would continue to advocate for “continuity of good governance” in the management of the affairs of the city government, especially now that the capital faces a “formidable challenge” posed by the pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019.

The party also presents outgoing councilor Eduardo Rama, nephew of the interim mayor, for congressman for the second district comprising 34 barangays in the south, while Niña Mabatid is a candidate for Congress for the first district comprising 46 barangays in the north.

Candidates for the Northern District Councilors are Melvin Legaspi, Dr Peter Mancao, Pastor Alcover Jr., the Chief of the Emergency Operations Center and outgoing Councilor Joel Garganera, Labella’s son Jaypee, former Councilor Noel Wenceslao, outgoing councilor Jerry Guardo and sales group leader Maria Pino. .

In the Southern District, their candidates for councilors are the re-elections James Cuenco, Renato Osmeña, Donaldo Hontiveros and Philip Zafra, as well as the head of the city legal office Rey Gealon, Harry Iran, Captain Quiot Barangay Francis Espares and the lawyer. -accounting Joy Pesquera. .

Rama’s group also supports Marino Party-list.

Rama will run against Margot Osmeña, the wife of former mayor Tomas Osmeña. His running mate will be Kasambagan barangay captain Franklyn Ong, who is the current president of the Association of Barangay Councils and ex-officio member of Cebu City Council.

Although she has not yet filed her COC, Margot’s husband confirmed in his statement posted on social media that his wife will be the flag bearer of Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK).

“Margot spent nine years as a city councilor and deputy mayor, making these programs and more work well. I am not ashamed to admit that she is more qualified than I to take care of our city in the painful difficulties that our people are going through today. Our city needs a MOM (Margot Osmeña-Maire), ”said the former mayor.

Ong tabled their COC on Tuesday, followed by BOPK candidate for congressional nomination in the Northern District, Cutie del Mar. (ANP)

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