Oathtaking in Cebu City set on Friday-A A +A
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama will administer the oaths of office of winning barangay officials this Friday at the Plaza Sugbo. But it will be up to officials if they attend or not.
Rama said the oath-taking is open to everybody, even members of the Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK).
“I am going to check who are not coming,” said the mayor, who did not say what will happen to those who don’t show up.
Not the first time
Rama did the same thing in 2010. He had hoped to unite the barangay captains.
Back then, he was a new mayor elected under the Liberal Party–BOPK ticket.
There was some controversy when then Cogon Pardo barangay captain and now Councilor Eugenio Gabuya and Punta Princesa barangay captain Jose Navarro showed up at the oath-taking. The two belonged to the Kugi Uswag Sugbo Party of former mayor Alvin Garcia.
Gabuya had said Rama was the only local chief executive to ever invite barangay officials to an oath-taking, while Navarro had said he only wanted to show that barangay officials are apolitical.
Now, Gabuya is a BOPK member, while Navarro has allied himself with the mayor’s Team Rama.
Friday will be an exercise of counting allies. Based on the results of the last barangay elections, 41 winning barangay captains belong to Team Rama while 38 are allied with BOPK (although the number may be 37 since it disowned one).
The final indicator of how many barangay officials are allied with which group will be the elections for president of the Association of Barangay Councils in December.
The successor of the post that will be vacated by outgoing T. Padilla Barangay Captain Michael Ralota will sit as ex-oficio member of the City Council. This is crucial to Team Rama, which only has four allies in the council.
Rama said the group already has a short list of five possible candidates, which will soon be trimmed to three and finally to one without resorting to mock elections.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 05, 2013.