Editorial: Political charade a la Salud, Pe

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

CORDOVA Mayor Adelino Sitoy did sound at first blush like he was either petty or afraid of losing when he threatened to cite in contempt of court the town’s election officer, Arvin Maghanoy, if he allows businessman Rex “Wakee” Salud to file his certificate of candidacy (COC).

Salud, a friend of Reps. Manny Pacquiao and Tomas Osmeña, is intending to wield his wealth and “popularity” (both to boxing fans and masiao addicts) in his bid to become Cordova mayor. Sitoy surely knows how potent that kind of popularity is to a suburban area.

But Sitoy is also a lawyer and Commission on Election (Comelec) officials should not consider his statement like it was made by the neighborhood drunkard.


The courts (Municipal Trial court in Cities and Regional Trial Court) have ruled that Salud is not a registered voter of Cordova and is therefore not eligible to run for an elective post in the town. Common sense therefore says that a COC he will file with the town’s election officer has the same value as a student’s scratch paper.

Yet Salud insisted he would file his COC and Maghanoy said he would accept it because per Comelec Resolution 9581, it would be his “ministerial duty” to do so. It’s a charade propped up by legal gobbledygook, thus Sitoy’s threat.

It would be interesting to find out if anybody in Cebu City could come up with the same vehemence that Sitoy showed in opposing another charade propped up by legal gobbledygook: the announced candidacy of north district councilor Augustus “Jun” Pe Jr. as councilor in the south district to skirt the constitutional provision on term limits.

Pe is included in the south district slate for councilor of the Bando Osmeña-Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) and, fortunately for him (and unfortunately for Cebu City residents) nobody in the rival Team Rama seems keen on opposing Pe’s running.

Team Rama’s silence could be a product of indifference or part of a strategy (what kind, we don’t know), but it will play into the hands of Pe and the BOPK. Both obviously want legal gobbledygook to trump common sense as far as term limits is concerned.

Which makes one hope there’s a Sitoy in Cebu City elections.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 04, 2012.


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