Tomas neutral on Sitoy-Salud race for mayor

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Monday, October 8, 2012


REP. Tomas Osmeña (Cebu City, south) is staying neutral on Wakee Salud’s plan to run against Cordova Mayor Adelino Sitoy for the mayoral race in the 2013 elections.

This, amidst reports that the congressman raised Salud’s arm during the latter’s birthday party last Sept. 28, which was also attended by Rep. Manny Pacquiao of Sarangani.

Osmeña is supported by the Liberal Party (LP) for his mayoral bid in the 2013 elections, which is also the same party of the incumbent Cordova mayor.

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Osmeña did not confirm nor deny the report that he raised Salud’s arm during the latter’s birthday party.

In a text message to Sun.Star Cebu yesterday, Osmeña said he will not be taking any sides in the Salud and Sitoy rivalry, saying both of them are his friends.

He said both are supporting the gubernatorial bid of Hilario “Junjun” Davide III against Rep. Pablo John Garcia (Cebu, third district).

Neutral

“That’s (the reason) why I’m neutral,” he said.

Osmeña also dismissed reports that Salud had contributed to his campaigns during the past elections. He said the boxing promoter has not spent a single cent for his campaigns.

Osmeña said the only time Salud spent something for him was when he asked Salud to reserve for him a hotel in Las Vegas three years ago during a Pacquiao fight.

“I am not for sale,” Osmeña said.

Meanwhile, one of the lawyers of Salud said Sitoy should let the court decide before filing a disbarment case against them.

In an interview yesterday, lawyer Fillmore Gomos said there is no reason for Sitoy to threaten them with disbarment, “unless he knew in advance that we will lose the case.”

Reconsideration

“What if the court upholds our motion for reconsideration?” Gomos told Sun.Star Cebu.

Gomos said they will file a motion today asking the Regional Trial Court (RTC) to reconsider its decision.

The Municipal Trial Court in Cities ruled that Salud is not a resident of Cordova, a decision that was affirmed by RTC Judge Raphael Yrastorza Sr. last Oct. 1.

Despite the court ruling and Sitoy’s threat of having him cited in contempt, Salud filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for mayor at the Commission on Elections in Cordova last Thursday.

Gomos said Sitoy has a right to file a case to disbar Salud’s lawyers, “but everything is still premature.”

“We are just doing our work, and applying all possible legal remedies in behalf of our client,” he said.

Salud’s lawyers argued that he cannot be cited in contempt because there was no court order prohibiting him from filing a COC.

Gomos pointed out that Salud can still register as a voter of Cordova, based on the court decision. The deadline for voter’s registration is Oct. 31.

Earlier, Salud said he will exhaust all legal means to be able to run for mayor of Cordova.

Interviewed during his filing of COC, Salud said it was boxing champion Manny Pacquaio, a close friend of him, who urged him to transfer his voter’s registration to Cordova.

The boxing promoter revealed that Pacquiao plans to invest in the town.

According to his lawyers, Salud has resided in Barangay Cogon, Cordova since June last year, which is supported by testimonies of 155 residents and the barangay captain.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 08, 2012.

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