Davide willing to sacrifice guv bid for ‘good of Cebu’

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012


LAWYER Hilario “Junjun” Davide III yesterday said he is willing to run for vice governor and be the running mate of Agnes Magpale if Liberal Party (LP) bigwigs in Manila will see it to be in Cebu’s best interest.

Davide was asked if he is willing to slide down in favor of Magpale to have a more winnable team against Rep. Pablo John Garcia, who already declared his intention to run for governor.

“Public service means we are ready to sacrifice. If they see the best interest of Cebu will be served if we switch positions, why not?” Davide said.

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Speaking before the 888 News Forum, Davide said he is concentrating on his bid to run again for governor, considering he is the choice of President Benigno Aquino III and LP President Mar Roxas.

LP convention

As early as last November 2011, Davide said, he has been in touch with Magpale because of the prediction of some LP leaders that he will win as governor if Magpale is his running mate.

However, Danao City Vice Mayor Ramon “Nito” Durano III said in an earlier interview that they’d rather have Magpale run for governor, considering she is a sitting vice governor and she has already been exposed to the entire province.

Magpale is also the sister of Department of Energy Secretary Rene Almendras, who is reportedly close to the President.

The LP will hold its convention in Cebu to choose candidates for mayors and other positions and to tackle a winning campaign strategy.

But Davide said Mimo Osmeña, who was endorsed by his uncle, former senator John Henry “Sonny” Osmeña for governor, cannot participate unless he joins the LP.

Davide said he received a text message from Mimo, a classmate from elementary, that the latter will support his gubernatorial bid.

Sonny’s suggestion

“Mimo volunteered to help me in my candidacy for governor,” Davide said.

Davide said it was Sonny who suggested that he tie up with Magpale.

“There is now a continuing process to negotiate a tie-up with Magpale. Our LP party mates said that’s a good idea considering that Magpale belongs to Bakud Party in the fifth district where I lost by 86,000 votes in the May 2010 elections,” Davide said.

Davide and Magpale were together in Tuburan, Cebu last April 27 for the unveiling of
the monument of the late vice governor Gregorio Sanchez Jr.

However, Magpale said her party will decide which position she will seek and who she will team up with.

Bakud is chaired by Danao City Vice Mayor Ramon Durano III, who is out of the country.

Meanwhile, the One Cebu Party is not entertaining any other names for the vice gubernatorial post, as of yet. It’s reserved for Magpale, said Congressman Garcia.

Out-of-town visits

“We respect her so much,” he said of Magpale in an interview with reporters yesterday.
His sister, Gov. Gwen Garcia, is set to visit different provinces in the country. “I need to increase my visibility,” she told reporters.

Governor Gwen, who announced her intention to run for the Senate, said she will be going around the country to let the people know that she has decided to run for senator. While doing so, she will not leave her responsibilities as governor of Cebu, she said.

“Priority gihapon nako ang probinsiya (The province will remain my priority),” she said.

She said she has accepted an invitation to attend an event in Pampanga on May 13.

Advantage

The two Garcias spoke before hundreds of jobseekers during Capitol’s job fair at the Cebu International Convention Center yesterday.

The governor said she decided to run for senator, knowing that she had overcome great odds in the past. “When I first ran as governor, I was up against a powerful and more prominent politician,” she said.

If she gets elected as senator, the governor said she will push for legislations that will benefit local government units.

Having a wide experience in local governance, “I am the one who knows what it is on the ground level,” she said.

“I will be a senator that people will see and touch,” she added.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 02, 2012.

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