Accident mars campaign trip-A A +A
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
A MINOR accident involving a candidate marred the motorcade that kicked off the campaign of the Liberal Party (LP) candidates for the local elections in Mandaue City yesterday morning.
Councilor Jimmy Lumapas was injured when the makeshift roof of the Mitsubishi Canter he was riding snagged on a telephone wire, which snapped and hit his face.
The incident happened around 10 a.m. near the barangay hall of Barangay Tingub.
With masses, motorcades and market visits, local candidates began the first workweek of the official campaign season in earnest.
In the Mandaue incident, Lumapas sustained a cut about three inches long and was treated at the Dr. Ignacio Cortes Hospital, where he received an anti-tetanus shot.
With a plaster on his face, the councilor caught up with the caravan in Barangay Subangdako, where the candidates ate lunch.
Despite the incident, Lumapas said the caravan was successful.
“It was overwhelming. The crowd cheered. There was participation from the crowd,” he said in an interview.
All incumbent city officials, led by Mayor Jonas Cortes and Vice Mayor Glen Bercede, joined the motorcade, which started at the Mandaue City Plaza and ended at the San Roque Parish in Subangdako.
About 40 vehicles joined the motorcade, which passed through all barangays.
Getting injured on the first day of the campaign is not enough reason to work less hard during the rest of the campaign period, said Lumapas.
“Kumbati gihapon (The fight goes on),” he said.
The motorcade was followed by a rally in Barangay Subangdako and another in Barangay Jagobiao at night.
The camp of former councilor Victor Biaño, who is running for mayor under the Bagong Bayan Volunteer for a New Philippines, held a motorcade last Sunday.
At City Hall
In Cebu City yesterday, Team Rama headed by Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama officially kicked off their campaign for May 13 polls.
Donning yellow and green polo shirts, the group started their campaign activities with a mass at 7 a.m. in the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral.
After the mass, the group briefly visited the Basilica del Sto Niño, and then proceeded to the Plaza Sugbu grounds to attend City Hall’s flag-raising ceremony.
During that ceremony, Rama delivered a speech and introduced Team Rama’s candidates to City Hall employees.
That included their candidate for vice mayor Councilor Edgar Labella, north district congressional candidate Anabelle Rama and south district congressional candidate Atty. Aristotle Batuhan.
Their slate for city councilors in the north district includes former city councilor Sylvan “Jack” Jakosalem represented by his wife Sharon, former city councilor Edwin Jagmoc, Agsungot Barangay Captain Pastor Alcover II, Sambag I Barangay Captain Jerry Guardo, Busay Barangay Captain Eliodoro Sanchez, Ermita Barangay Councilor Felicisimo Rupinta, Lahug Barangay Councilor Mary Ann Delos Santos, and Bobby Vicente Kintanar, who is the son of former broadcast journalist Jun Kintanar.
The group’s slate for the south district councilors includes former city councilor Procopio Fernandez, former south district congressman Antonio Cuenco’s son James Cuenco, Basak Pardo Barangay Captain Dave Tumulak, Poblacion Pardo Barangay Councilor Althea Lim, Inayawan Barangay Councilor Lotlot Ignacio, lawyer Hans Abella, businessman Ronald Diola and radio personality Tisha “Inday Tikay” Ylaya.
Rama also introduced the group’s overall campaign manager, who is Councilor Jose Daluz III, and their prime mover, Rene Mercado.
In his speech, Rama said they kicked off their campaign at City Hall to seize the opportunity to talk to the employees during the flag-raising ceremony.
“Besides, while I am seeking reelection, I am still the mayor. They say charity begins at home and City Hall will soon be the home of Team Rama, kay modaug man mi labi na ug inyo ming tabangan (because we will win, especially if you help us),” Rama said.
When the mayor delivered his speech, he shunned the podium bearing the official seal of Cebu City, saying he was speaking as a candidate seeking reelection.
After his speech, Team Rama proceeded with their handshaking activities in the legislative building and then the executive building.
There, they met some members of the Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswgaan who were also
walking around, shaking people’s hands, in City Hall.
After that, Team Rama went to the Cebu City Medical Center and Carbon Market.
On April 6, Team Rama will hold a rally at the Plaza Independencia.
Also yesterday, the Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) started its official campaign with a mass in the Saint Pedro Calungsod Chapel in the South Road Properties (SRP).
The BOPK head, Rep. Tomas Osmeña (Cebu City, south district), said the chapel is meaningful because it is named after the second Filipino saint and a Cebuano at that.
Msgr. Vicente Tupas Jr. linked the start of campaign period with the Easter celebration of the Catholic Church.
“The campaign is a great venue for telling the good news,” said Tupas during the homily. BOPK candidates and supporters filled up the chapel, which is part of the SM Seaside Complex.
Shortly thereafter BOPK proceeded to the Cebu City Hall to do handshaking, which is part of the group’s tradition for many elections.
BOPK candidates stayed in the Office of Vice Mayor Joy Augustus Young before working the City Hall crowd.
Councilor Margarita Osmeña said BOPK just wanted to avoid a confrontation among the supporters.
But there was still a minor confrontation when BOPK eventually made its way to the offices of City Hall to shake the hands of employees. While they were in the foyer of
the legislative building, supporters of the other group started chanting, “Team Rama.”
The supporters, though, avoided trouble.
Team Rama candidates Raddy Diola and Lotlot Ignacio-Soon dropped by Young’s office to shake hands with employees of the Office of the Vice Mayor, but since the BOPK candidates were also there, both candidates decided to shake their hands as well.
Soon took a while to talk to BOPK candidates Zenaida Amores and Councilor Osmeña,
telling her two opponents that she was there out of respect.
Councilor Osmeña said she did not mind her presence and even said “Good luck.” BOPK returned the favor by also shaking the hands of employees from the Office of the Mayor.
Councilor Osmeña also said that she also met some of the Team Rama candidates who went to her office to campaign, including talent manager Anabelle Rama.
It was a friendly campaign as Councilor Osmeña and Councilor Noel Wenceslao also shook the hands of Councilor Jose Daluz, Team Rama campaign manager, when they met at City Hall.
Also seen at the BOPK campaign was businessman Jonathan “Atan” Guardo, brother of Team Rama candidate Jerry Guardo.
“We have not been discussing politics in a long time,” said Atan, who clarified that he and Jerry are on good terms.
Atan also denied that this was part of the package with Congressman Osmeña, who once sued him for libel.
Former congressman Raul del Mar, who was consistently the subject of text messages and Facebook allegations that he has been hospitalized and was in the intensive care unit, proved he was not in a hospital.
“That’s their only chance of winning...That we’re going to collapse and die. But that is not going to happen. We have done over 900 pulong-pulongs, what’s 200 more?” the Rep. Osmeña, who is running for mayor, said.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 02, 2013.