PJ: I won’t run for gov in 2013

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011


AMID talks he will run for governor in 2013, at the end of his sister’s third term, Rep. Pablo John Garcia (Cebu, third district) said he has not done enough to deserve the vote of the entire province.

For this reason, he has decided not to run for governor in the next elections.

"Anyone seeking it (gubernatorial seat) must demonstrate that he has earned it. Not because of what he pledged to do but for what he has done; not because of his name, but what he has done for the nameless Cebuanos whose votes he seeks," he told a press conference yesterday in his rest house in Pinamungajan town.

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Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia’s youngest brother said he saw the need to disclose his decision because in the past year, his name has been mentioned as among those who will seek for the gubernatorial post.

He added that the One Cebu party can exclude his name when it deliberates on who it will field for governor in 2013.

Flattered

He admitted, though, that he was tickled and even flattered by talks he would make a bid for the post in 2013.

"But there is a small ocean that separates being tickled and taking yourself too seriously. Not wishing to get wet, I wish to state that I'm not running for governor," he said.

The governor, who was present when Pablo John announced his decision, declined to comment. She said she still has to digest what her brother said.

Pablo John said he wishes to stay in his district and continue building a name for himself, instead of relying on the Garcia name. He said he made the decision without consulting his family.

His father, Rep. Pablo Garcia (Cebu, second district), his brother Marlon, also vice mayor of Barili, and wife Karen were also present during the announcement.

AMID talks he will run for governor in 2013, at the end of his sister’s third term, Rep. Pablo John Garcia (Cebu, third district) said he has not done enough to deserve the vote of the entire province.

For this reason, he has decided not to run for governor in the next elections.

"Anyone seeking it (gubernatorial seat) must demonstrate that he has earned it. Not because of what he pledged to do but for what he has done; not because of his name, but what he has done for the nameless Cebuanos whose votes he seeks," he told a press conference yesterday in his rest house in Pinamungajan town.

Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia’s youngest brother said he saw the need to disclose his decision because in the past year, his name has been mentioned as among those who will seek for the gubernatorial post.

He added that the One Cebu party can exclude his name when it deliberates on who it will field for governor in 2013.

Flattered

He admitted, though, that he was tickled and even flattered by talks he would make a bid for the post in 2013.

"But there is a small ocean that separates being tickled and taking yourself too seriously. Not wishing to get wet, I wish to state that I'm not running for governor," he said.

The governor, who was present when Pablo John announced his decision, declined to comment. She said she still has to digest what her brother said.

Pablo John said he wishes to stay in his district and continue building a name for himself, instead of relying on the Garcia name. He said he made the decision without consulting his family.

His father, Rep. Pablo Garcia (Cebu, second district), his brother Marlon, also vice mayor of Barili, and wife Karen were also present during the announcement.

Decisions

Pablo said he respects the decisions of his children, particularly on their political intentions.

"Sometimes decisions, like to run or not to run in an election, are reached because of intervening events between now and the elections in 2013. Many things can happen," he added. He did not elaborate, however.

As Governor Garcia is on her last term, several sectors have speculated about her political plans.

Pablo John said he wants his sister to run for a seat in the Senate. He added she could contribute her knowledge in policy directions on local governance in relation to health, tourism and social welfare.

Gwendolyn might also want to return to private life as she has not had one since she became governor, he added.

But Pablo John said the family has yet to discuss Gwendolyn’s political future.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 04, 2011.

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