41 elected brgy. chiefs identified with Rama-A A +A
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
BARANGAY officials are supposed to be nonpartisan, but the winning barangay captains carried colors — either green and yellow or blue and yellow.
If the results of the barangay elections were to be translated as votes for the next Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) polls, then it would be a close fight.
The two leading political groups, Team Rama, founded by Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama, and Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) of former congressman and mayor Tomas Osmeña, have almost the same assessment of the results of the barangay elections.
There are reportedly 41 barangay captains supported by Rama who won in last Monday’s elections while there are 37 to 38 elected barangay captains supported by Osmeña.
“I’m so happy, it’s been over and it has become orderly and clean. I’m happy they have been redeemed, they lost but now they have won,” said Rama referring to the results of the May 13, 2013 elections.
While Team Rama coveted the top two spots in the May elections, the group only has four out of the 16 elected councilors.
This is why the results of the barangay elections are crucial because the new barangay captains will elect a president come December and the winner will sit as ex-officio member of the City Council.
The outgoing ABC chief, Councilor Michael Ralota of T. Padilla, is allied with BOPK.
“They are the administration so the odds are with them. But the barangay captain is not the entire barangay. We are happy for those who made it and those who didn’t, we will continue to support them,” said Councilor Margarita Osmeña.
Rama’s former chief-of-staff Philip Zafra defeated Councilman Eddie Cabulao in Barangay Tisa with only 200 votes between them.
Decades ago, Cabulao defeated Zafra’s grandfather in the same contest in Tisa.
Lawyer Raymond Garcia, who twice ran for councilor in the city but lost, was successful in the barangay elections, winning as first councilman of Barangay Camputhaw.
He gathered more votes than barangay captain-elect Trifonio Quigan Jr. Both are allies of Rama.
Garcia is a legal counsel for Sun.Star Cebu and his father, former mayor Alvin Garcia, is Rama’s consultant for Waterfront Development.
But vote-rich barangays Guadalupe and Mabolo remain with BOPK, based on the winning barangay captains. Michael Gacasan and Reynaldo Ompoc got reelected, respectively.
“Pildi man gyud ko diha (I know I’m going to lose there) but this should be a challenge to (Vice Mayor Edgardo) Labella, Cuenco and Faelnar,” said Rama.
Labella is from Mabolo while former congressman Antonio Cuenco and former barangay captain Eugenio Faelnar Jr. are from Barangay Guadalupe.
Former congressman Osmeña and Rama are also voters of Guadalupe.
Councilor Osmeña said that even when they are not the administration, the results showed BOPK fought hard.
She mentioned that in some barangays, the constituents voted straight for the BOPK-backed lineup like Tejero, Lorega and Sto. Niño.
BOPK also successfully grabbed Sambag I from the Guardos, with its candidate Lemar Alcover, the brother of Agsungot Barangay Captain Pastor Alcover II, who ran under Team Rama in the May 13 elections.
Rama was also proud of Team Rama’s candidates for councilor in the May elections who won as barangay captains, like reelectionist Alcover II, Felicisimo Rupinta of Ermita, Altea Lim of Poblacion Pardo and incumbent Barangay Captain Eliodoro Sanchez who was elected number one councilman of Busay.
In Talisay City, 11 incumbent barangay captains won another term.
Linao Barangay Captain Ofelia Ylanan defeated independent candidate Precy Sedetario and Alayon-allied Julyn Sedetario. She garnered 1,921 votes.
Ylanan is the wife of Talisay City councilor Valeriano Ylanan.
While incumbent Tabunok barangay chief Manuel “Maning” defeated former village chief Adonis Bacalso.
Lawaan III Barangay Captain Dehlia Ybanez won a third term. She defeated Bensing Raguindin, former Barangay Lawaan III chief Joel Nacor and independent candidate Regie Marababol.
Barangay San Isidro Captain Marietta Bucao won a second term after defeating former Talisay municipal mayor Dehlia Bacaltos-Tiu and former Barangay San Isidro chief Regino “Hinok” Sanchez.
Incumbent Barangay Bulacao chief Raul Cabanero won a third after winning against Clifford de los Reyes, a barangay councilor and son of the city mayor.
Incumbent Lawaan II Barangay Captain Buenaventura Pelonio also won another term after winning against incumbent Barangay Councilor Lucendo Nebria and former barangay captain Romulo Reville.
Incumbent Barangay Tanke chief Perla Cabanes also won another term after defeating five other candidates.
Cabanes defeated former barangay captain Belme Mabuyo, former barangay councilor Dido Cabrero, incumbent barangay councilor Yul Cabalan and independent candidate Diony Rosario.
In Barangay Poblacion, incumbent Captain Teodoro Belleza defeated incumbent Barangay Councilor Edmund Villarante and former barangay councilor Ricky Aznar.
Villarante is the brother of Talisay City Vice Mayor Romeo Villarante.
In Barangay Lagtang, Mark Ferdinand “Dindin” Bas defeated former Talisay City councilor and ex-village Celiapo “Semy” Cabuenas, and administration candidate Gilbert dela Serna.
Incumbent Barangay Jaclupan Captain Joel Orbiso won against Placido Labajo, a former barangay chief and currently City of Talisay Traffic Operations and Development Authority, and Dodong Abatayo, an independent candidate.
Incumbent Maghaway Chief Victor Cabatas defeated Edwin Cabatas and Patricio Caparida.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 30, 2013.