Paz’s allies dominate in polls; only 6 JVR-backed bets won-A A +A
Thursday, October 31, 2013
ALL winning barangay captains in Lapu-Lapu City except one are known allies of Mayor Paz Radaza.
But the new chief of Barangay Pajo, Junard “Ahong” Chan, said he should not be considered an opposition politician.
Chan, who defeated Grace Estremos, said he will support the programs of Radaza.
“Anak ra man ko sa syudad. Andam ug tagana ko musuporta sa mga programa sa inahan sa syudad (I’m a son of the city. I’m ready and willing to support the programs of the mother of the city),” Chan said, referring to Radaza.
Chan, a former city councilor, ran against Radaza in the 2010 mayoral elections and lost. Before running against Radaza, he was a member of the Deretso Party headed by former mayor and congressman Arturo Radaza.
In a press conference, Mayor Radaza urged the newly elected officials to move on from the divisive elections and focus on delivering public service to their constituents.
“They already know what the people expect from them,” she said.
In Barangay Punta Engaño, two candidates tied in the seventh place for councilors.
There are only seven seats for councilors.
George Quijano, who ran under reelected Barangay Captain Lourdes Ibag, and Rogelio Wagwag both got 1,373 votes.
Ibag, in an interview with reporters, said they will wait for the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to break the tie.
She said it will take five days before the seventh councilor may be declared.
Ibag, who is serving her third and last term, said she was thankful the elections in her barangay went peacefully.
“Pasalamat ko nga nidaog ko ug hapsay ang eleksyon (I’m grateful that I won and the elections were peaceful),” she said.
In 2010, supporters of Ibag and her rival Angel Rodriguez engaged in a shooting, leaving one person dead.
Except for a brief scuffle between supporters of rival camps in Mactan Elementary School, no other election-related violence occurred in Lapu-Lapu during last Monday’s polls.
In Barangay Marigondon, four civilian men were arrested by police inside the Marigondon Elementary School for carrying firearms.
In Talisay City, out of the 20 candidates fielded by the administration, only six of them made it and won as barangay chiefs.
Talisay City Vice Mayor Romeo Villarante, however, said he is confident that his group under the leadership of Mayor Johnny de los Reyes would be able to field a strong candidate for the top post of the Association of Barangay Councils.
The six candidates who won as barangay chief are Ofelia Ylanan of Barangay Linao, Joel Cabo of Barangay Lawaan 1, Andrew Bacusmo of Barangay Cansojong, Elzevier Abraham of Barangay San Roque, Bernardo Balorio of Barangay Pooc and Reynaldo Bas of Barangay Biasong.
Villarante said majority of the candidates supported by De los Reyes last Oct. 28 were new ones.
Most winners in the barangay elections in Talisay were supported by former congressman Eduardo Gullas of Alayon Party.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 31, 2013.