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Party wants Cebu City ‘united’ under Bando Osmeña

First Posted 08:12:00 11/19/2009


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The Liberal Party will have only one mayoralty candidate in Cebu City to unite forces under the Bando Osmena - Pundok Kauswagan (BO-PK).

This means former senator John Henry Osmeña, who took his oath before LP standard bearer Sen. Noynoy Aquino yesterday, will have to back off his mayoralty plans.

LP campaign manager Florencio ?Butch? Abad said they would ask the Panaghiusa leader not to run anymore for mayor in deference to the party's affiliation with BO-K.

?I'm sure we can talk to senator Osmeña. He already said he would cooperate to strengthen LP in Cebu City,? said Abad.

Osmeña remained non-commital. He said his final decision would be known on or before Dec. 1, the deadline of the filing of certificates of candidacy.

Cousin Georgia Osmeña, youngest sister of Mayor Tomas Osmeña, is set to launch at 8:30 a.m. today her own movement ?Go Cebu?, her vehicle for plans to run for Cebu City mayor.

She is expected to announce her running mate and council slate. The launch is set in front of the statue of her father, Sergio Osmeña Jr., beside the SM City parking lot on Kaoshiung Street.

Meanwhile, Sonny said if he decides to run for mayor, he would invoke his membership with LP to show that he was deserving.

?Pero kinsa man ilang kandidato? Si Rama nga Lakas man na (Who is their candidate? Rama? He is Lakas member),? he said.

BO-PK?s standard bearer is Vice Mayor Michael Rama. The opposition has yet to declare a mayoralty candidate although businessman Jonathan Guardo, who is running for congress, said he can be persuaded to run for mayor if there is a clamor from the Cebuanos.

LP provincial chairman Hilario Davide III said he agreed with Abad that LP should have only one candidate for mayor in Cebu City.

?The ideal thing is that we only have one candidate for the position (of Cebu City mayor),? he

More than 500 local officials and politicians took their oath as LP members in the main hall of the White Gold House at the North Reclamation Area.

The Martinez family was there : Bogo Mayor Celestino Martinez Jr., his wife, former congresswoman Clavel Asas-Martinez and son, Celestino ?Tining? Martinez III.

Others included former 3rd district congressman Antonio Yapha, Mayors Mariano Martinez (San Remegio), Esteban Sia (Ronda) and Avelino Gungob (Consolacion); Provincial Board Member Victoria Corominas; former mayors Arleigh Sitoy (Cordova) and Don Durano (Danao City); businessman Efrain Pelaez, Cebu City Councilor Gerardo Carillo, Mandaue consultant Edmund Sanchez and former PB Member Raul Bacaltos.

?Noynoy? Aquino thanked the Cebuanos for their support.

?Ngayon pa lang ang aking mga katunggali sa politika ay nininerbyos na. Banat na lang ng banat kahit na non sense na (As early now, my opponents in politics are getting scared. They keep on attacking me even if it is nonsense already),? he said in a speech.

He said he would present his platform when the campaign period starts. He and running mate, Sen. Mar Roxas will file their Certificates of Candidacies on Nov. 28.

Aquino said support was coming in from different parts of the country. He was also getting ?adequate? financial support to run his campaign.

He said a jeepney driver in Bukidnon province contributed his day's earnings to the campaign and that several Manila-based actors promised to join his campaign stomp.

But no LP local candidates were announced yet due to the still-fluid political situation as new recruits continue to sign up.

Abad said they were expecting more political realignments across the country with the entry of new members such as Davao del Norte Gov. Rodolfo del Rosario, who took his oath last Tuesday before Sen. Mar Roxas, Quezon City Mayor Feliciano Belmonte, Caloocan City Mayor Enrico Echeverri and Palawan Gov. Joey Reyes.

Abad said the LP was holding off the selection of local candidates in Cebu because some important political forces in Cebu had expressed interest of joining. But he refused to expound.

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