Editorial: An exciting 2013 election for Cagayan de Oro-A A +A
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
MISAMIS Oriental Governor Oscar Moreno has already spoken with finality – he would be running for the mayoralty seat in Cagayan de Oro next year. He would be pitting against incumbent Mayor Vicente Emano.
Moreno and Emano were once allies but their political relationship has gone sour. They have parted ways and have been trading barbs against each other though sometimes, Moreno refused to buy Emano’s tirades.
Moreno, having served Misamis Oriental for three terms, definitely has thousands of followers. And so is Emano, who also once became the province’s governor.
Moreno says he wants to bring more progress to Cagayan de Oro similar to what he had brought to Misamis Oriental. But since his bailiwick is Misamis Oriental, does he have enough followers in Cagayan de Oro who can help him win?
But if we have to take note of City Councilor Edgar Cabanlas’ statements, Moreno has done so many projects in Misamis Oriental compared to Emano when the latter was still governor. And Cabanlas wants the same enthusiasm that Moreno has given to Misamis Oriental if ever he wins as city mayor of Cagayan de Oro.
To borrow Cabanlas’ suggestion: Moreno has to build up and strengthen his political structure in order to win the mayoralty race.
Moreno versus Emano – that’s something that the people of Cagayan de Oro would have to watch out for come election time. And it would definitely be an exciting race.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on July 11, 2012.