Tuburan mayor heads LMP Cebu-A A +A
Saturday, September 7, 2013
TUBURAN Mayor Democrito Diamante, who is the new president of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) Cebu chapter, vowed to unite all mayors regardless of their party affiliation.
âMa-unite nato mga mayors (Letâs get all the mayors together) to support the programs of our governor Hilario Davide,â he said.
The local LMP is composed of 44 mayors.
Diamante was nominated to the post by Dumanjug Mayor Nelson, the previous LMP Cebu chapter head.
The Tuburan chief executive ran unopposed.
âAndam ang mga Garcia mo-support (Davideâs administration) (We are ready to support) thatâs why I nominate Mayor Diamante and I will not pursue my plan to run for president,â said Garcia, adding that he already told Davide earlier of his support for the current Capitol administration.
Garcia said he did not want to pressure mayors, adding that if he ran they would have to choose between a member of One Cebu Party (Garcia) and a member of the Liberal Party (Diamante).
âWe are one with one goal to achieve,â Garcia said.
Diamante thanked Garcia for the nomination. âWith their support ma-unite nato ang mga
(we can unite all the) mayors,â he said.
In the last May elections, Cebu was divided between members of then governor Gwendolyn Garciaâs One Cebu Party and members of the local LP, which was headed by then gubernatorial candidate Davide.
Some mayors, though, ran independent and were not affiliated with any party.
âPaningkamutan nato nga dili mo-matter ang partido sa (Iâll work hard to ensure that party affiliation will not matter at the) LMP,â Diamante said.
The LMP Cebu chapter election was held at the Casino EspaĂ±ol in Cebu City yesterday morning.
The mayor first organized an election commission which was headed by Pilar Mayor Jesus Fernandez. The members were Ginatilan Mayor Dean Michael Singco and Boljoon Mayor Merlo Derama.
After a âshow of hands,â the Dumanjug mayor asked for the floor and he nominated Diamante.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 07, 2013.