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Saturday, July 7, 2012
IT'S interesting how the younger generation of the Duranos and the Almendrases of Danao City are surfacing in the politics of Cebu province even as the other political clans, like the Osmeñas and the Gullases are finding it hard to get their younger members into politics. The latest entrant is Miguel Antonio Magpale, who was appointed to the Provincial Board (PB) representing the fifth congressional district.
Miguel is the son of Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale, sister of Energy Secretary Jose Rene Almendras. Both Agnes and Rene belong to the Almendras clan faction that is related to the Duranos. Their grandfather, former Danao mayor Paulo Almendras married Elisea Durano, older sister of the Durano clan patriarch, the late Ramon Durano Sr.
Miguel joins Ivy Durano Meca, who is in the PB as ex-officio member being the head of the Philippine Councilors League-Cebu, Jude Sybico and Peter John Calderon. Ivy is the daughter of Danao City Vice Mayor Ramon “Nito” Durano III, Ramon Sr.’s son; Jude is the daughter of Rosemarie Sybico, Ramon Sr.’s daughter; Peter John is the son of Beatriz Calderon, another Ramon Sr. daughter.
The younger Duranos, if we call them that even if they have other family names, are however merely continuing what their elders have done. Indeed, the marriage of Ramon Sr.’s daughters to politicians from other towns was what created this situation. Beatriz married Emerito “Tito” Calderon of Samboan while Rosemarie (“Judy”) married Celestino “Dodong” Sybico of Balamban.
A look at the history of the politics in Cebu province would show that the Duranos spreading out is not a current phenomenon. Calderon, Sybico and Manuel Zosa (Ramon Sr.’s cousin) made a run at Congress. This is aside from the attempts of Ramon Sr., his wife Beatriz and some of their children to run in areas outside of the fifth district.
As I noted in my column yesterday, Rep. Eduardo Gullas running for mayor of Talisay City in next year’s elections is expected considering his control of that city’s politics. He has been looking over the shoulder of three-term mayor Socrates Fernandez and hatched projects whose use he can help maximize being their initiators.
It is not surprising for Gullas, therefore, to be able to pinpoint this early some important concerns of the city that he wants to give attention to, including the development of the old Tabunok market lot and improving the new market. This is aside from the construction of an international sports stadium, conversion of the Talisay City College into a state college and the reclamation project from Tangke to Cansojong.
The entry of investors in Tabunok should revitalize the area, whose look has sadly deteriorated. If groups opposing the construction of flyovers in Cebu City want a model of the ugliness that such a structure conjures, they merely have to go to the Tabunok flyover. It is interesting to find out how Gullas, if he becomes mayor, can restore the “beauty” of the old Tabunok area.
A reclamation project in Barangays Tangke and Cansojong, meanwhile, can revitalize the once thriving Talisay seafront. The area is not far from the South Road Properties and the Cebu South Coastal Road. Industrialization may yet arrest the slide of barangays like Tangke, which is known as a hub of the trade in illegal drugs and dynamite materials.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 07, 2012.